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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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