The reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve has successfully negotiated a contract extension with 2017 World Series champions Houston Astros. According to the reports, Altuve got a five-year deal worth around $151 million, becoming the highest paid player in franchise’s history. He also became only the sixth player in MLB history to earn $30 million or more per year.
Altuve previously expressed his desire to stay with the franchise until the end of his career, making the Astros the only organization he played for.
“I want to stay here,” – said the 27-year-old in February. “If we talk about the city in Houston, I love the city. If we talk about the fans, I love the fans.“
Jose Altuve was among the best Houston Astros players for some time now while playing on a cheap contract. He received a four-year, $12.5 million extension in 2013, which meant he was set to earn $6 million in 2018 and $6.5 in the next season.
“I have played four years on my current contract, and obviously I’ve had some success,” – Altuve recently said. “I’m not thinking about it. I don’t think — I don’t know [about] next year. It’s hard to not think about your last year when you are in your last year. But, right now, I’m good.“
The money Jose Altuve will receive in the future is well earned. Since his debut in MLB in 2011, he won three batting titles, was five times an All-Star, and became the first player in history to lead the AL in hits for four straight seasons. In 2017, on the road to the World Series title, Altuve had the best batting average in the league with .346. His stats included 204 hits, 24 home runs, and 81 RBIs. Altuve’s career statistics include .316 batting average, 1,250 hits, and 84 home runs.