The Houston Astros have not ruled out a contract extension for second baseman Jose Altuve. Although the team has significantly reduced its current payroll, General Manager Jeff Luhnow had advised the Houston Chronicle that the Astros “will consider any opportunity to keep Altuve here over the long haul.”
Altuve who is only 23 years old has been with the team for the past three years. The diminutive Venezuelan stands just 5’5” tall and weighs 175 lbs. His small stature conceals power and athletic prowess. During the 2012 season, Altuve hit seven home runs and stole 33 bases. His fielding performance thus far in the 2013 season has been excellent.
Altuve had just less than two full seasons remaining on his current contract and cannot enter arbitration until after 2014. The Astros will control his contract through the 2017 season and even then, he will only be 27 years old.
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