WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros superstar second baseman Jose Altuve agreed to a five-year extension worth $151 million on top of the two years remaining on his current deal.The deal, the richest in club history, runs through 2024 and locks up one of the most popular players in club
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros superstar second baseman Jose Altuve agreed to a five-year extension worth $151 million on top of the two years remaining on his current deal.
The deal, the richest in club history, runs through 2024 and locks up one of the most popular players in club history through his age-34 season. Altuve signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal in 2013 that included a $6 million option for 2018 and $6.5 million for 2019.
The previous largest contract in club history was Carlos Lee's six-year, $100-million deal in 2006.
The five-time All-Star second baseman had his finest season in 2017, hitting an MLB-best .346 with 24 home runs and 32 stolen bases in 153 games en route to his first Most Valuable Player Award. In the process, he was a driving force as the Astros won their first World Series title.
Altuve led the AL in hits (204) and became the first player in Major League history to be the outright leader in hits in his league in four consecutive seasons. He also led the AL in multihit games (59) and led the Majors in games with at least three hits (23). He also ranked first in the AL in infield hits (35), tied for second in runs (112), third in on-base percentage (.410), third in stolen bases, third in OPS (.957), fifth in total bases (323), seventh in slugging percentage (.547) and tied for ninth in doubles (39).
Altuve hit third in the Astros' lineup -- ahead of Carlos Correa -- but when Correa was on the disabled list from July 19-Sept. 3 following thumb ligament surgery, Altuve stepped up. He batted .384 with an OPS of 1.105 in the 40 games Correa missed.
What's more, he led the Major Leagues with a .441 batting average in close and late situations, a .421 batting average in Interleague Play and a .381 batting average on the road.
Brian McTaggart. has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.