Astros give Altuve long term deal
The Houston Astros are in the midst of a major rebuilding project and have taken a lot of heat for how major it’s been. They’ve completely stripped the team down going with a majority of the roster under the age of 26 and eight guys who have one year or less experience. What I’d like to give them credit for is the move they pulled today. The team gave shortstop Jose Altuve a contract extension locking him up for another six years at a very team friendly rate.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports Altuve deal is worth $12.5 million for four years with two club options for $6 million and $6.5 million in 2018-19.
The Astros buying out Altuve’s arbitration years by signing him to the deal. He was scheduled to be arbitration eligible next year and a free agent following the 2016 season. (Brian McTaggart – MLBLogs)
While the Astros are a complete mess on the field, general manager Jeff Luhnow has started to realize which players are good enough to stick around. This is the first major contract that Luhnow has given out and honestly it was a brilliant deal.
Altuve has proven that he’s going to be a quality major league second baseman for many years. In 2012, his first full season he batted .290 with 34 doubles and 33 stolen bases. He was also the Astros’ representative in the All-Star Game.
He’s following that breakout year with another good season. So far in 2013, Jose is batting .280 with 15 doubles and 21 steals over 86 games. His strikeout rate is still pretty high but he is only 23 and still learning.
So yea, over two seasons Jose has shown he can handle the everyday grind and perform well.
Luhnow has seen that and rewarded him handsomely with a four year deal, with two option seasons. The deal buys out all of Jose’s arbitration seasons and if the option years are picked up it buys out his first two years of free agency.
To me that’s a brilliant move for a team in such a rebuilding project. They’ve identified one guy who can help turn this thing around down the road and they’re not letting him walk. Now can they find 24 more guys?