Alex Bregman, Houston Astros agree to $100 million, 6-year deal

A person with direct knowledge says Alex Bregman and the Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024.

The agreement includes this season, buys out three years of arbitration eligibility (2020-22) and pushes back his opportunity to become a free agent by two years. The agreement was first reported by KRIV in Houston.

Bregman, 24, made his first All-Star team last season and was selected MVP of the game after hitting a home run to help the American League win. He set career highs with a .286 batting average, 31 homers, 103 RBIs and a major-league-leading 51 doubles.

Cahill opens for Angels: The last time Trevor Cahill made an Opening Day start, he was pitching for the A’s. Now Angels manager Brad Ausmus has named Cahill as the Opening Day starter for the March 28 game in Oakland.

This is Cahill’s first season with the Angels. He was 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for the A’s last year. It will be Cahill’s second Opening Day start — he also did so in 2011 for the A’s.

Cubs’ update: The Cubs received good news on relievers Brandon Morrow and Pedro Strop, who have both been slowed this spring by injuries.

Morrow threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, his first time off the mound this spring. He was limited to 35 games last season with the Cubs and did not pitch past July 15. He underwent a debridement on his right elbow in November. The Cal alum was expected to miss the first month of the season, but could return earlier.

Strop has been sidelined this spring because of a mild hamstring strain. He threw a bullpen Tuesday for the first time since he was injured and might be ready for Opening Day.

Briefly: Chris Paddack’s bid to make history as the first starting pitcher to make his major-league debut on Opening Day since Al Gerhauser of the Phillies in 1943 appears to be over. San Diego scratched Paddack from his scheduled Cactus League start Monday night and he instead pitched in a minor-league game Tuesday against Seattle at the team’s complex in Peoria. … The Yankees said reliever Dellin Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list.

College: Andrew Vaughn hit a three-run homer, his eighth home run of the season and one of four hit by Cal, as the Bears (10-8) pulled out a 10-7 win over USF (12-8) at Evans Diamond.

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