MLB Rumors: Astros may prioritize extending Jose Altuve over Alex Bregman
Well, not quite. Heyman added that the Astros believe they "have a somewhat better chance with Altuve," which would make Bregman the crippling and unfortunate loss of the offseason.
Both Altuve and Bregman are managed by agent Scott Boras and both are a year away from free agency; Bregman will be a free agent at age 30 and should theoretically command a more lucrative deal than Altuve, who is four years older.
Bregman signed a five-year, $100 million contract prior to 2020. If what Heyman reports is true, the fan-favorite slugger may take a backseat to Altuve's negotiations, and he may in turn search for greener grass elsewhere.
The lifetime .274 hitter would boost any MLB team's rotation, even if his All-Star seasons are behind him.
As of this week, Boras said that the Astros have not yet discussed extensions with either player.