Davis: Altuve's Contract Was "Well-Deserved"

"(Altuve) is the epitome of what you want in your professional athlete," Fred Davis says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
July 09, 2018 - 10:43 am
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After winning the 2017 World Series, the Houston Astros appear to be continuing what they started just one season ago — establishing their dominance over MLB. 

Sitting at first place in the AL West with an impressive 61-31 record – which trails only the Boston Red Sox (62-29) for the best record in baseball – the Astros enter Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics on a six-game winning streak with no signs of slowing down.

Sports Radio 610 Houston host Fred Davis stopped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the surging Astros and praised former AL MVP second baseman José Altuve, who leads the majors in hits (122) and is second in batting average (.338).

“(Altuve) is the epitome of what you want in your professional athlete,” Davis said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “The guy just comes to play every night. He’s been extremely clutch — that’s what he does. He hasn’t missed a beat with what he’s done. He’s so durable. It’s something that you have to account for each and every day.”

Prior to the 2018 season, Altuve and the Astros agreed on a seven-year, $163.5 million contract – the longest in team history. Davis thinks the hefty price for Altuve, 28, was well-deserved.

“The guy got a fat contract — well deserved — before the season started,” Davis said. “It’s not like an Albert Pujols deal where you’ll be sitting there at the end and be thinking, ‘Good god, is this thing ever going to end?’ — where he’s making $50 million at 38 (years old). This contract will end when he’s 35 years old, and by all intents and purposes, he still will be playing good baseball by the end of his contract.”