Houston Astros Signing Slugger Yordan Alvarez to Huge Extension

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Houston Astros Signing Slugger Yordan Alvarez to Huge Extension

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One of the best young hitters in baseball just got himself a healthy extension. Feels like it’s been a little while for that – was Wander Franco the last one? I’m sure I’m just spacing, because that was all the way back in November. Just feels like it’s been a while.

Anyway, today’s installment is Yordan Alvarez, the 24-year-old Houston Astros slugger:

Alvarez, who turns 25 later this month, does nothing but hit (.287/.370/.576/156 wRC+ in his young career so far), and his contact quality is consistently among the best in baseball. Truly, a monster at the plate.

The issue with Alvarez, and why this extension comes in under $20 million AAV, is that he’s a bat-mostly guy, who will only occasionally go out and play left field (poorly). So if you’re guaranteeing over $100 million to a DH (when you already had him under control for three more arbitration years after this season), he’s gotta be a ridiculous one. Alvarez is, so, yeah, this deal looks about right to me.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.