The Houston Astros are keeping their brightest star around a little bit longer. 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve has agreed to a record-setting five-year contract extension, per a report from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The Astros have not yet confirmed the report.
Altuve is already under club control through the end of the 2019 season, thanks to a team-friendly deal struck in 2013. The new pact, which would guarantee Altuve $151 million over five years, covers the 2020-2024 campaigns, and would keep Altuve in an Astros uniform through his age-34 season. That’s easily the largest guarantee in Astros history, topping the $100 million deal signed by slugger Carlos Lee in 2006.
The news comes at a pivotal time for the Houston franchise, which just enjoyed a historic season culminating in the first World Series championship in club history. With a roster full of young building blocks, the Astros are well-positioned to contend for further titles through the foreseeable future. Locking Altuve up at the keystone will go a long way towards helping the club achieve sustained success.
Over the last four seasons, Altuve is batting .334/.384/.496 with 70 home runs, 168 doubles, and 156 stolen bases. He’s been among the most valuable performers in all of baseball through that time, tallying a staggering 26.8 bWAR and making the All-Star team in all four seasons. Still just 27 years old, Altuve is in the thick of his physical prime.
The Astros kick off the 2018 season on March 29 with a 2:35 Central contest against the rival Texas Rangers in Arlington. They return to Minute Maid Park for the first time since their World Series run to host the Baltimore Orioles on April 2. Tickets are available online.
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