It seems highly likely that Jose Altuve will finish his career in Houston. He is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished and well-liked players in the history of the Astros, and he was a fundamental member of two teams that won the World Series.
On Tuesday, the star second baseman reached an agreement with the Astros to extend his contract for another five years. This constitutes his third extension with the Houston Astros.
The contract will begin in 2025 and will cover Altuve through the season in which he will be 39 years old. According to a source who spoke with Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the deal is worth a total of $125 million, which includes $30 million for each season from 2025 to 2027. No confirmation of the terms of the contract was provided by the club.
Jose Altuve will be an Astro for life. pic.twitter.com/ndPHz1lP7E
— Houston Astros (@astros) February 6, 2024
Jim Crane, owner of the Astros, informed MLB.com from the owners’ meetings that were held in Orlando that “it’s big.” “When I arrived in 2011, Altuve was already present here.” These two guys are the only ones who have been here for such a long time.
Not only has he been successful in his performance, but the fact that he will hopefully retire here is a significant deal for the organization. I believe that it is also a big deal for him, and more importantly, it is a great deal for the fans for him to retire here.
Altuve was initially signed by the Astros to a four-year extension worth $12.5 million in 2013, and then in March of 2018, he was extended to a five-year deal worth $151 million.
The transaction will be discussed at a press conference that will take place on Wednesday morning at Minute Maid Park. The attendees will include Altuve, general manager Dana Brown, manager Joe Espada, and Altuve’s agent, Scott Boras.
The Astros had four significant players who were eligible for free agency over the next two years, and Altuve was one of them. One of the players on this list is Alex Bregman, who plays third base and is expected to become a free agency at the conclusion of this season.
When the 2025 season is over, both right fielder Kyle Tucker and left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez, who have both been selected to the All-Star team twice, are scheduled to become free agents.
Because of two spells on the injured list, Altuve was only able to play in 90 games in 2023. This was the fewest games he had played in during a full season since his rookie year, but he still managed to hit.had 17 home runs, 14 stolen bases, and 51 runs batted in.
After undergoing surgery to repair a fractured thumb that he sustained when he was struck by a pitch during the World Baseball Classic, he missed the first 43 games of the regular season. In addition, he missed 17 games in July due to a left oblique strain.
It was on August 19 against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park that he recorded his 2,000th hit of his career. On August 28, against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, he hit for his first cycle of his career.
A streak that includes eight playoff appearances, a Major League record seven consecutive participation in the American League Championship Series, four American League pennants, and two World Series titles among his accomplishments, he has been the primary player in the most successful era in the history of the Astros.
Altuve has been at his best during the postseason, with 27 home runs and 89 runs scored, both of which rank second in the history of the American League and the National League. With 117 hits in the postseason, he is tied for third place.
During his career, Altuve has been selected for eight All-Star games, won six Silver Slugger Awards, won three batting crowns, won a Gold Glove, and won the American League Most Valuable Player award in 2017.