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Astros going long-term with Jose Altuve

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11:39 AM ET 07.13 | The Astros have agreed to a long-term contract extension with popular second baseman Jose Altuve, a source told MLB.com on Saturday. The deal marks the team's first significant contract commitment under general manager Jeff Luhnow. Terms of the deal aren't known, but it will be announced later Saturday. Luhnow spent most of his first year on the job trading away players who were in the midst of multi-year contracts in exchange for prospects as the Astros went full-bore in their plan to rebuild through the Draft and player development. The Astros opened this year with a payroll of about $22 million, with Bud Norris ($3 million) as the highest-paid player. The Astros are likely buying out Altuve's arbitration years by signing him to the deal. He was scheduled to be arbitration eligible next year and a free agent following the 2016 season.

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July 13, 2013  11:46 AM ET

A "popular" Astro?

Now that's funny.

July 13, 2013  01:16 PM ET

It's a sensible plan.

July 13, 2013  01:31 PM ET

Not 100% sure this is the splash to build a roster around.

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July 13, 2013  07:15 PM ET

Gotta start somewhere, and this is just about a good of a place as any.

 
July 14, 2013  01:25 PM ET

He will be the Astro Player to receive an 18 Month Contract!!!

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