Altuve, Astros Agree To $151M, 5-Year Contract Extension

Altuve, Astros Agree To $151M, 5-Year Contract Extension

Brian McTaggart of reports that the Astros are closing in on a five-year, $151 million extension with Jose Altuve.

Also notable is that Altuve re-hired Scott Boras as his agent in 2016, and Boras has the reputation of not steering his clients to sign extensions. Oh, and he's now the league's Most Valuable Player. And while he still will be through the 2019 season, he's got a big-money five-year extension to look forward to.

The 27-year-old second baseman is earning $6 million this year under the first option exercised by Houston in a 2013 deal that originally guaranteed $12.5 million from 2014-17. That performance seems hard to improve on, but we have said the before and Altuve has reliably proven us wrong. Per McTaggart, this new contract won't kick in until 2020, which means Altuve will be under contract through the 2024 season, or his age-34 campaign. The team's investment in Altuve signals to its fans that ownership is willing to spend money to keep a great team on the field.

The Astros core of George Springer, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman should be around for a long time. During the playoffs, he hit.310 with seven homers and 14 RBIs, despite going just 6 for 31 (.194) in the World Series. When Altuve actually starts getting paid for his extension it'll put him in the $30 million AAV club.

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