There isn’t much going right for the Houston Astros these days, but there is some good news coming their way.
According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the ‘Stros and pint sized infielder Jose Altuve have agreed on a long term contract.
The Astros have agreed to a long-term contract extension with popular second baseman Jose Altuve, a source told MLB.com on Saturday. The deal marks the team’s first significant contract commitment under general manager Jeff Luhnow. Terms of the deal aren’t known, but it will be announced later Saturday.
Altuve, 23, was promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi in 2011 after the Astros traded Jeff Keppinger and plugged into the starting lineup. He batted .284 with three homers and 28 RBIs in 85 games as a rookie before a breakout season in 2012, when he hit .290 with seven homers, 37 RBIs and 33 steals en route to an All-Star Game berth.
The deal should essentially buy out the arbitration years for Altuve, who is hitting .280 with three homers, 28 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.
One of the more solid hitting infielders in the game, Altuve should remain in Houston’s control through the next four years minimum.