Saturday, July 13, 2013

Jose Altuve, Astros agree to 4-year extension

Per Brian McTaggert of the, the Houston Astros and second baseman Jose Altuve have agreed to an extension.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, it is a four-year deal that runs from 2014 through 2017 worth $12.5 million.  In addition, the club has options for 2018 ($6 million) and 2019 ($6.5 million).

Eligible for arbitration next year, Altuve would have been eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.

Going into the season, the Astros had a payroll of approximately $22 million with starting pitcher Bud Norris its highest-paid player with a salary of $3 million.

Altuve leads the team in batting average (.280) and stolen bases (21) with 36 runs scored, three home runs and 28 runs batted in.

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