The Houston Astros have a major hole in the roster at the moment. Carlos Correa is a free agent, and based on his previous statements, is not interested in a reunion. The only other prominent option that is currently available in free agency is Trevor Story, who comes with his own set of question marks.
It is entirely possible that the Astros will be shut out of the position in free agency. With that prospect in mind, third baseman Alex Bregman is preparing to play short, just in case.
Alex Bregman willing to change positions for Houston Astros
Shortstop would not be an unfamiliar position for Bregman. He does have 129 games in his major league career at short, including 65 games during the 2019 season. He saved two runs at the position that year, but has not made an appearance at shortstop since.
It may also be easier for the Astros to find an option at third base. Kyle Seager is a free agent and could be had on what may be an inexpensive deal. There are trade options even if the A’s are unwilling to move Matt Chapman to Houston. Hunter Dozier could be an intriguing buy low option, and the Reds are willing to move Mike Moustakas.
For his part, Bregman has thoughts about what the Astros should do. He wants Correa to return, keeping the core together and having his impact bat in the lineup. At the same time, the Astros have not indicated that they are looking to move Bregman to short, even if he does have experience there and could be their best option.
But we all know what they say of the best laid plans. The Astros could have their hands forced depending on free agency, moving Bregman because there is not a better option. At least Bregman is preparing himself for a switch should it become necessary.
Alex Bregman is preparing to play shortstop for the Houston Astros if need be. While the Astros want him at third, he gives them options.