A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Jose Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a contract that guarantees him an additional $151 million over five seasons from 2020-24.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced.
Altuve has been one of the biggest bargains in baseball. The 27-year-old second baseman is earning $6 million this year under the first option exercised by Houston in a deal he agreed to in 2013 that originally guaranteed $12.5 million from 2014-17. The Astros have a 2019 option at $6.5 million. He would have been eligible for free agency after that season.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Third baseman Eugenio Suarez agreed to a $66 million, seven-year contract that makes him part of the foundation for the Cincinnati Reds' long-term rebuilding.
The deal announced Friday supersedes the $3.75 million, one-year contract the 26-year-old was awarded when he lost his salary arbitration case last month. There's a team option for 2025 at $15 million - with a $2 million buyout - that would make the deal worth $79 million over eight years.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in his second major league spring training start for the Los Angeles Angels, allowing long home runs to Colorado's Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado that went over the left-field berm on Friday.
The 23-year-old Japanese two-way star made his first big league exhibition appearance since Feb. 24, when he pitched 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee and gave up Keon Broxton's home run leading off the second.
NEW YORK (AP) Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone has been suspended for 80 games under Major League Baseball's drug program following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.
The 23-year-old left-hander tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), the commissioner's office said Friday. DHCMT also is known as Turinabol, a drug used by East German athletes in the 1960s. Chris Colabello, then with the Blue Jays, tested positive for the same substance in 2016.