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Alex Bregman set to sign with the Houston Astros

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Jun 18, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; LSU Tigers infielder Alex Bregman (8) applies the tag on TCU Horned Frogs outfielder Jeremie Fagnan (32) in the first inning in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Astros fans let out a deep sigh when the Astros came to an agreement with first-round pick Kyle Tucker. He is now playing for the Greenville Astros, a rookie team and got his first hit in last night’s game. Today it was announced on Twitter that the second overall pick ss Alex Bregman from LSU is in Houston to sign with the Houston Astros today. Chandler Rome of MLB.com was at the airport when Bregman landed, and he told Rome that “he has agreed to a deal with the Astros.”

The Astros still have a few major picks to sign; then the rest should fall into place. The main picks that the Astros still need to sign are Daz Cameron, Thomas Eshelman, and Riley Ferrell. Now that two of the big boys are signed, Cameron and his over slot signing bonus should be next depending on how much money Bregman gets for signing.

While the Astros have not officially made any statement concerning the signing of Bregman because of what happened with the first round pick Brady Aiken last season. They want to be sure everything is in place because they do not want a PR nightmare like last year. The pick value for the second overall pick is $7,420,100, which is the amount that the Astros have been allocated to sign that player.

There is no official mention of what Bregman signed for yet from the Astros. However, according to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate in his article Former LSU SS Alex Bregman to sign with Astros for $6 million, the Astros will sign Bregman for $6 million.

If this is the case, the Astros can use the $1,420,100 saved in the Bregman signing and the $188,700 saved in the Kyle Tucker signing to sign Daz Cameron. Cameron slipped to the 37th overall pick because people felt like he was asking for a high signing bonus. The Astros had the extra maneuvering room with the extra first round pick, so they chose Cameron.

With Bregman now in the fold, the Astros will decide where to send him. My guess would be that Bregman will report to Tri-City or maybe Quad Cities. He is an advanced college player, so I do not see him starting in Rookie ball, but I could be wrong.

Earlier in the week, I asked the LSU’s Fansided sites editor @joshccriswell for some insight on Alex Bregman. You can read what he said in Inside look as to what Alex Bregman offers the Astros. I also asked Chandler Rome, an associate reporter for MLB.com, for his insight as an Astros writer and LSU Alumni his thoughts on Bregman.

Next: Chandler Rome Interview on Alex Bregman

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