When you look for the premier second basemen in Major League Baseball the name of Houston Astros star Jose Altuve is at least going to come up in the conversation. He is in that group somewhere though he didn’t make the American League All-Star team. Then again, neither did another great second baseman Howie Kendrick for the Los Angeles Angels. Let’s face it, second base is a stacked position in the A.L. Regardless if there are two great second basemen or six in the A.L., Altuve is one of them. That is why the Astros rewarded Altuve with a contract extension.
The more we see of the Astros business dealings the more easily likeable they are as an organization. Take a look at the reported terms of this deal. It is worth reportedly $12.5 million over four years that will take the sides through 2017. There is a club option for 2018 and 2019 worth a reported $6 and $6.5 million. How great is this contract really? Think about it.
It locks up top young talent for the Astros and sets the stage for the type of deals the other young stars behind Altuve can work towards. They can easily see the work and dedication that Altuve has put in and they can now see what he got for it. The best thing about this deal from my point of view is that even as young as Altuve still is, the deal only guarantees four seasons. See, that is the way a deal should be done. If the club exercises their options it will take them through six seasons with Altuve.
Could he have gotten a ten year deal worth more money? It’s possible but he wanted security and to stay with the ones that brought him to the dance. I say it is a great deal for both sides. Altuve gets a ton of money and also incentives to play well over the guaranteed life of the deal while the Astros don’t tie themselves up for a decade which would be too long for any player.