Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Astros sign Altuve to 5-year deal

Astros sign Altuve to 5-year deal

The American League MVP is a five-time All-Star and was a key part of Houston's run to the World Series title previous year.

A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Jose Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a contract that guarantees him an additional $151 million over five seasons from 2020-24. This keeps star second baseman in a Houston uniform until at least the 2024 season.

According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the two sides are nearing a five-year extension that will pay Altuve a total of $150 million.

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Altuve is coming off a 2017 season in which he helped the Astros win their first World Series in franchise history.

"The 5'6" superstar has led the AL in hits each year since 2014, averaging 211 in those campaigns while hitting.334 overall to go along with three AL batting titles.

"These aren't the types of deals that get done on their own", Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

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The infielder also brings a serious power-speed combination despite his lack of size, having recorded 24 home runs and 32 stolen bases last season. The Venezuelan-born Altuve has spent his entire career with the Astros, debuting in 2011 at 21 years old. He's a career.316 hitter with 561 runs scored, 243 doubles, 84 home runs, 403 RBI and 231 steals. The Astros held a press conference Monday morning to celebrate Altuve's signing.

"I'm excited about what the future holds and I'm excited to be with the Astros for years to come", Altuve said.

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