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Former prospect Taylor Green retires, becomes scout with Brewers

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Taylor Green was a former prospect in the Brewers system. He had a particularly good season in 2011 with Triple-A Nashville, finishing the year with a .336/.413/.583 triple-slash line along with 22 home runs and 88 RBI in 487 plate appearances. But he struggled in a handful of games at the big league level that year and in 2012 and could never get it going again, particularly after undergoing hip surgery.

At the age of 29, Green has decided to retire from baseball. He has joined the Brewers in a scouting role, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Players retiring from professional baseball in their 20’s — particularly those who have made it to the major league level — is rare, but I wonder if we might see more of this in the future. It’s a very unrewarding grind to play minor league baseball. Players, particularly those who were drafted out of college, have skillsets beyond their ability to play the game, and they can certainly contribute to teams in other ways.

Report: Astros, Alex Bregman agree to five-year, $100 million extension

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Fox 26’s Mark Berman reports that the Astros and third baseman Alex Bregman have agreed to $100 million contract extension. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart confirms a deal has been reached and adds that the deal is actually for five years, beginning after the 2019 season. The contract will cover all three of Bregman’s arbitration years and two years of would-be free agency.

Bregman, who turns 25 years old later this month, has quickly become one of the best third basemen in baseball. Across parts of three seasons, he has hit .282/.366/.500 with 58 home runs, 208 RBI, 224 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases. FanGraphs credited him with 7.6 Wins Above Replacement, tied with Francisco Lindor and Christian Yelich for the fourth-best mark among position players in baseball, trailing only Mookie Betts (10.4), Mike Trout (9.8), and José Ramírez (8.0).

This is obviously a smart move for the Astros, as this contract extension will secure Bregman’s age 25-30 seasons. With second baseman José Altuve also locked up through 2024, and presumed extensions to come for Carlos Correa and possibly Gerrit Cole and George Springer, the Astros have a core that they can build around for years to come.