March 3, 2024

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Astros and All-Star José Altuve agree to 5-year, $125M extension

Astros and All-Star José Altuve agree to 5-year, $125M extension

The Houston Astros and All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve have agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract extension.

The Astros announced the deal Tuesday in a social media post declaring Altuve the “Astro for life.” Multiple reports Conditions confirmed.

Altuve, 33, spent his entire 13-season MLB career with the Astros. He became the face of the franchise through two World Series championships, an MVP season and a sign-stealing scandal that tarnished the franchise's 2017 World Series title.

In addition to his MVP, Altuve won three batting titles, six Silver Slugger Awards, one Gold Glove and one ALCS MVP. He made eight All-Star teams and led the AL in stolen bases twice and in hits four times.

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Altuve was scheduled to become a free agent after the 2024 season. Now he has a deal to stay in Houston through 2029.

Altuve failed to make the All-Star team last year for the first time since 2020, with an injury-filled campaign that limited his participation to 90 games. But he performed at an All-Star level when available, slashing .311/.393/.522 with 17 home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

He hit .286/.314/.592 with four home runs, six RBI and one stolen base in 11 postseason games as the Astros advanced to the ALCS for the seventh straight season. There, the Texas Rangers beat the Astros in seven games en route to the World Series title.

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With this new deal worth $25 million per year, the Astros have shown that they are confident in Altuve's ability to maintain his high level of play for what is likely to be the rest of his career.