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Astros sign Jose Altuve to four-year extension

07/13/2013 1:14 PM ET
By The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- The low-budget Astros have made an investment in their future, signing second baseman Jose Altuve to a four-year contract through 2017.

Altuve's deal with Houston 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.

The 23-year-old was an All-Star in 2012. He is hitting .280 with 15 doubles, three homers and 28 RBIs this season.

Team owner Jim Crane says: ''This contract is consistent with our strategy of developing and retaining the best young talent in baseball.''

General manager Jeff Luhnow added that: ''Jose has quickly become the face of the franchise in less than two years, and we are excited to keep him here for many years to come.''

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