Astros: Alex Bregman hires Scott Boras as his agent

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 18: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros reacts during a team workout at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on February 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 18: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros reacts during a team workout at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on February 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Houston Astros star Alex Bregman has hired superagent Scott Boras to represent him.

Remember back in May when Houston Astros superstar Alex Bregman dropped his agent? It was, at least partially, a response to the agent’s affiliation with LeBron James’ company that’s producing a documentary on the sign stealing scandal. However, the eventual consequence of that move is that Bregman has now hired Scott Boras.

Boras, of course, is famous (or infamous) around the game for being the most shrewd agent of all. He has a history of maximizing his clients’ earnings and carries such a strong reputation that he needs no introduction. Teams typically don’t get any hometown discounts from Boras clients.

The good news is that Bregman recently signed an extension that kicks in this season. It was to pay him $100 million over five seasons, consisting of $13 million each season from 2020 to 2022, and then $30.5 million in each of 2023 and 2024. Of course, he’ll only get the prorated salary this season. Regardless, it will cover him through his age-30 season, so the Astros have him locked up for a good chunk of his prime.

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Just because Bregman has hired Boras doesn’t mean he’ll be leaving for the Yankees once his current contract is up. For one, he’s not the only Astros player represented by BorasJose Altuve and Lance McCullers Jr. are also Boras clients.

It’s important to note that Altuve signed his current seven-year, $163.5 million contract extension while being advised by Boras, and he did so before reaching free agency. McCullers is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, so how things go between the Astros and Boras will be interesting to watch. The team should have an opportunity to re-sign him, but they’ll have to pay him the going rate of course.

One would assume they’ll want to retain Bregman beyond his current contract, as he’ll hopefully have several productive years left after that. But, as was the case with Altuve, they’ll have to pony up the dough. If he remains healthy and productive, he’ll be worth it, and there’s clearly a path to locking him up again before he hits free agency.

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