Found July 13, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Go ahead and cross Jose Altuve off of your possible trade target list, teams that need a second baseman: he's staying in Houston. The diminutive Altuve signed a four year contract extension with the Astros that will pay him $12.5 million over the life of the deal. The contract also contains a pair of club options for $6 million in 2018 and $6.5 million in 2019, meaning that the deal can pay out a total of $25 million over six years. It'll buy out all of his arbitration years and potentially his first two years of free agency if the options are exercised. If you want to talk about a win/win deal, it's this one. Houston locks up a 23-year old through nearly all of his prime, and Altuve gets financial security as well as another opportunity to cash in after 2019, when he'll still just be 29-years old. Let's put this in perspective for a minute. Houston paid Carlos Lee $18.5 million last year to accrue 0.3 fWAR for them in 66 games, and -0.3 fWAR for the Ma...
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