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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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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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