The Houston Astros have a new general manager in town and he’s already making waves. Dana Brown has hit the ground running, announcing his intention to sign franchise cornerstones Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve to contract extensions and seeking deals with arbitration-eligible players Kyle Tucker and Cristian Javier. Brown is taking a page out of the Atlanta Braves’ playbook, where he spent the previous four seasons as the vice president of scouting, and is aggressively signing players to keep the Astros’ winning streak alive.
In his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Brown made it clear that he’s committed to keeping the core pieces of the Astros in Houston. Bregman and Altuve are two of the most important players in the franchise’s history, and Brown is determined to keep them in town. He’s also in talks with Tucker and Javier’s agents to get them signed.
Brown is no stranger to Bregman, having scouted him when he was a player at LSU. He praised Bregman for his energy and respect, saying “His personality in the clubhouse is infectious. Everything I’ve heard about him from people that have been around him is even more outstanding.”
Under owner Jim Crane, the Astros have not been willing to hand out extensions of longer than five years, but Brown is determined to get the best deals possible for the players. He’s already in talks with Casey Close, Tucker’s agent, and Dan Lozano, Javier’s agent. He’s also negotiating with Bregman’s agent, Scott Boras.
Brown is committed to keeping the Astros’ winning streak alive and to keeping the core players in the city. He’s determined to get the best deals possible for the players, and he’s already making moves to make sure that happens. It’s an exciting time for the Astros, and fans are eager to see what Brown can do.