The Houston Astros are a team that is about to hit a key transitional phase as an organization. Over the next couple of seasons, the long-term futures of Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Framber Valdez, and Kyle Tucker all need to be decided. If the Astros want to remain among the league's elite teams, they simply have to get these decisions right.
Altuve feels like a straight-forward candidate for an extension and by all accounts, one does appear to be likely. There is already some Framber Valdez trade chatter out there, but Houston trading him away this year feels unlikely given that they want to compete in 2024. Tucker is in a similar boat as he still has some team control and the Astros don't have to make a decision there just yet. However, it is looking more and more like third baseman Alex Bregman isn't going to be back after next season and it is time to start looking at what life will be like if/when that happens.
Here are 3 other ways the Astros spend the money that it would take to keep Alex Bregman
There have been multiple reports that Houston is fully expecting Bregman to leave in free agency. He has been an extremely valuable player to the Astros, but there are already recent reports that Bregman is looking to get around $300 million with his next deal which will probably price Houston out especially given that his production has dipped in recent years.
Bregman is making $28.5 million next year and is probably going to command an AAV north of $30 million in the next contract he signs especially with Scott Boras as his agent. Assuming the Astros aren't going to be the team paying him that, here is a look at some of the better ways that Houston can spend that sort of money if/when Bregman walks.