Astros superstar second baseman Jose Altuve agreed to a five-year extension worth $151 million that begins in 2020, MLB.com has learned. The club has not confirmed the report.
The deal will start at the end of the deal he signed in 2013, and locks up one of the most popular players in club history through his age-34 season. It will be the richest deal signed in Astros history. Altuve signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal in 2013 that included a $6 million option for 2018 and $6.5 million for 2019.
Altuve led the AL in hits (204) and become the first player in Major League history to be the outright leader in hits in his league in four consecutive seasons. He won his first MVP award while hitting an MLB-best .346 with 24 home runs and 32 stolen bases in 153 games. He also ranked second in runs (112), third in on-base percentage (.410), and third in stolen bases.
While having the best season of his career, Altuve helped lead the Astros to the team’s first World Series titles. He had (6) hits and (6) RBI during the World Series, leading his club past the Dodgers. With the Astros locking Altuve up for the future, they will continue to build around their young crop of players and fight for World Series titles.