Houston, TX – Jose Altuve, a key player in Astros history and a pivotal figure in the team’s two World Series championship victories, has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the team. This will likely see Altuve conclude his career with the Astros, marking his third contract extension with the organization.
The deal, which will commence in 2025 and carry Altuve through his age-39 season, is valued at $125 million, with $30 million to be earned each season from 2025 to 2027. Astros owner Jim Crane expressed the significance of Altuve’s contribution, stating that he has been with the team since 2011 and is the only player to have done so, highlighting the importance of having Altuve retire as an Astro.
Altuve’s previous extensions with the team include a four-year, $12.5 million deal in 2013, followed by a five-year, $151 million contract in March 2018. As one of four key Astros players facing free agency in the next two years, the team will need to address the future of third baseman Alex Bregman, right fielder Kyle Tucker, and left-hander Framber Valdez.
Scheduled to earn $26 million this season, Altuve was set to reach free agency after the current season. However, the extension will see him potentially spend 19 seasons in an Astros uniform, rivaled only by Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who spent 20 seasons with the team.
Despite being limited to 90 games in 2023 due to injuries, Altuve continues to be a significant contributor to the franchise, ranking among the team’s all-time leaders in multiple categories. His performance has been integral to the Astros’ most successful era, with eight postseason appearances, a record seven consecutive appearances in the American League Championship Series, four American League pennants, and two World Series titles.
Altuve’s career accolades include eight All-Star selections, six Silver Slugger Awards, three batting titles, a Gold Glove, and the 2017 AL MVP Award. With a legacy of postseason success and a history of personal achievements, Altuve’s extension solidifies his place as a cornerstone of the Houston Astros.