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Astros, Jose Altuve Agree To Record-Setting Extension

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Gear up Houston, Jose Altuve is set to remain an Astro for at least seven more years.

On Friday, the Astros and the reigning American League MVP agreed on a five-year, $151 million extension due to begin following the 2019 season, per several reports.

The contract surpasses Carlos Lee’s six-year, $100 million deal in 2006 as the richest deal in franchise history.

Altuve signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal with Houston in 2013 which included options for 2018 ($6M) and 2019 ($6.5M).

This February, the second baseman let it be known that he wants to remain in Houston.

“I want to stay here,” said Altuve, per the Houston Chronicle. “If we talk about the city in Houston, I love the city. If we talk about the fans, I love the fans.”

Altuve, 27, becomes the sixth Major League player to average at least $30 million annually in a contract, and second position player (Miguel Cabrera).

The 5’6” superstar has led the AL in hits each year since 2014, averaging 211 in those campaigns while hitting .334 overall to go along with three AL batting titles.

This past season, the four-time All-Star set career-highs with 112 runs scored and slash marks of .346/.410/.547 en route to his first MVP award, while also hitting 24 homers and driving in 81 runs. During the playoffs, he hit .310 with seven homers and 14 RBIs, despite going just 6 for 31 (.194) in the World Series.

Altuve’s resume speaks for itself after just seven years in the majors, as 2017 was an especially unique year for Altuve as far as the hardware goes. In addition to his MVP, he was named a Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award winner, AP Male Athlete of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, AL Most Outstanding Player, and MLB Athlete of the Year.

The sky’s the limit for Altuve. Despite his small stature, he plays bigger than anyone in the game, and the results have showed.

Overall during his seven-year career (since July 2011), Altuve’s a .316/362/.453 hitter with 1,250 hits, 243 doubles, 84 homers, and 403 RBIs, while failing to appear in less than 147 games each year since 2012.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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