Jose Altuve guaranteed $12.5 million by Astros

Jose Altuve is guaranteed $12.5 million under his new four-year

contract with the Houston Astros.

After making $505,700 this season under a one-year contract,

Altuve will receive a $750,000 signing bonus, payable within 60

days, and salaries of $1.25 million next year, $2.5 million in

2015, $3.5 million in 2016 and $4.5 million in 2017. The Astros

have options at $6 million in 2018 and $6.5 million in 2019.

The 23-year-old Altuve, an All-Star last year, is hitting .280

with 15 doubles, three homers, 28 RBIs and 21 steals this

season.

He would have been eligible for salary arbitration after the

2014 season. If the options aren’t exercised, he is on track to

become a free agent after the 2017 season.