Best Astro (2013)

Jose Altuve

How do we know Jose Altuve is the Best Astro? Because money talks, and on a team with a total payroll that amounts to about three months' worth of salary for Alex Rodriguez, the Astros' decision to extend Altuve for the next four years (with a guarantee of $12.5 million) is proof positive that the diminutive second baseman is viewed by upper management as a future building block for success, whenever the team's great leap forward may occur. At 23 years old, Altuve has already made one trip to the All Star Game, and standing five-foot-five, he's exactly the type of "everyman" grinder that Astros fans can get behind while they wait for the rest of the team's future nucleus to arrive from the minor leagues.


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