By: Noah Wright
Yesterday, The Astros extended All-star MVP secondbasemen, Jose Altuve. The deal extends Altuve through 5 seasons, and is guaranteed $151 million. The deal will begin after the 2020 season, and extend through the 2024 season.
Altuve, who has been one of the best players in The MLB the last 2 season, is getting paid $6 million in the 2018 season, and will be paid $6.5 million during the 2019 season on a team option (because of a 2013 extension). Despite his 5’5, 165 pound frame, Altuve has shown he can hit for power, with 15 home runs each season since 2015, and 24 home runs each season since 2016. He’s also a speede threat on the bases, with 30 or more stolen bases since his first full year in 2012. Altuve also shows he deserves this extension with his bat, by leading the league 3 times (‘14, 16, ‘17) in batting average, and hits since 2014.
Last season was Altuve’s best season. Not only did Altuve take home The AL MVP, but he also took home a silver slugger, by hitting .346/.410/.547 with 24 home runs, and 81 RBI’s.He also showed ok defensive work, with 3 DRS, but -1.9 UZR.