The Astros’ front office — due to the team’s great success — has gone through a bunch of turnover in the last few years. This has included David Stearns becoming GM of the Brewers, and Mike Elias becoming GM of the Orioles and bringing along Sig Mejdal to be his top assistant.
But one thing that has not changed has been the ability of Jeff Luhnow to surprise the fans. Michael Brantley? Never a rumor they were interested in him before he was signed? Wade Miley? Aledmys Diaz? Out of the blue signings.
And Tuesday night brought two more surprises out of the blue.
Ryan Pressly, who was tremendous after his trade from the Twins in 2018, will be an Astro for two more seasons (2020 and 2021) at $17.5 million, which might be three seasons at $27.5 million. There was no peep about this before it happened.
But the cherry on the sundae was the extension of Alex Bregman – 6 years / $100 million through 2024. This came just eight days after Bregman showed disdain for the Astros renewing his contract at a bit over minimum MLB wage. This is big and could be a great deal for both parties.
So, how do you feel about these moves? Are you surprised? Happy? Worried?