Justin Verlander

MVP Jose Altuve, Astros finalize $163.5M, 7-year contract

Jose Altuve sat behind a table set up on the field at the Houston Astros' spring training complex, and his teammates looked on as the World Series champions announced his $163.5 million, seven-year contract, the longest in team history.

"You made me more nervous, because I don't like talking in front of a lot of people. You know that," he said

Houston finalized a deal Monday that guaranteed the AL MVP an additional $151 million over five seasons.

"Certainly a fan favorite. Our fans love Jose," owner Jim Crane said. "Winner, MVP — what else can you say? He always leads by example. When I talk to the guys in the locker room, everybody is...