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Astros Give Jose Altuve Four-Year Contract

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(HOUSTON) --  The Houston Astros have signed second baseman Jose Altuve to a four-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season.

The deal with Houston announced Saturday covers his arbitration-eligible years and includes club options for 2018 and 2019. If the options aren't exercised, he would be eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

"This contract is consistent with our strategy of developing and retaining the best young talent in baseball," team owner Jim Crane said. "All along, I've maintained that we will make the necessary investments to create a winning team long-term, and this is an important step in that direction."

According to media reports, the contract is worth a total of $12.5 million with two club options at $6 million and $6.5 million

The 23-year-old Altuve is hitting .280 with 15 doubles and 28 RBIs.  He was an All-Star in 2012.

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