Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have agreed to a 5-year, $ 151 million contract extension, by Jon Heyman on Twitter . Altuve, the 2017 A MVP, is under contract for $ 6 million in 2018, with the Astros with a club option of 2019 for $ 6.5 million, after which he would have been eligible to become a free agent. This agreement will keep Altuve with the Astros until 2024.
Altuve is an interesting story of player development, a small guy with great hitting skills that was a good story early in his career, but he was not a great player , endured a 3.0 bWAR in his first two and a half seasons in the league. However, it has accumulated 26.9 bWAR in the last four years and has significantly exceeded the $ 18.5M contract at 5 years (or 6 years, $ 25 million, with the option) that it signed before the 2014 season.
$ 30 million per year for Altuve for its age 2020-24 seasons may seem a bit expensive, but Altuve is the face of the World Series champions, and only one pr point of view, the Astros could not risk losing him in free agency after 2019. This rewards a local player who has exceeded all expectations, and locks him up to spend at least most of his career with Houston.