The reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve just got motherfucking PAID. Altuve signed a 5 year $150 million extension with the Houston Astros. That's definitley the most money a player under 5'10" has ever made in MLB history. Haven't fact checked that with Elias sports bureau, although I can basically guarantee that to be true. Altuve deserves every penny of the payday he got. What more could he possibly have to prove, he's clearly the best second baseman in baseball, so he got paid like it. Now he surpasses Robinson Cano for highest yearly salary by a second baseman. Who could've seen this coming, when Altuve was trying to break into the show he couldn't even get a tryout, now he gets paid $30 million a year, what a world.
This deal makes me very happy, not only because Altuve is a good guy and earned this payday, but the Astros are finally going to have to spend big money to keep their young players. This means the window is beginning to slowly close on them since at some point down the road they're going to run out of money in the payroll. Won't happen for years, still it's a step in that direction. See a team like the Yankees or Dodgers don't have that problem since they'll just dig into their wallets and overspend like they always have. The Astros haven't shown us that they'll do that, so this is the first contract to really start weighing on them. A lot of their players are very young still, which means they have dirt cheap contracts, however soon enough they're going to want to be paid just like Altuve.
Astros have now locked up Altuve for the foreseeable future. Altuve will start the season as a 28 year old, usually ball players don't see a drop off in their game until after 33, so the Astros should have him in peak form the next 5 seasons. With that being said a huge part of Altuve's game is his ability to run the base paths using his speed as a deadly weapon. I'm sure that'll fade a tad over the course of this contract, but when a guy is going to hit .330 every year, you get over that quickly. It should be a very happy day in Houston as a cornerstone piece of the franchise is locked in to stick around for at least another 5 years.