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Altuve would love to finish career with Astros: 'I want to play to 40'

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Jose Altuve wants to play his entire major-league career with the Houston Astros.

"I'm 32, and I want to play to 40," Altuve said, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. "I love what I'm doing right now. I love my game. I enjoy my game. … When I go out there and put my uniform on, I really enjoy playing with these guys.

"Hopefully, like (Astros legend) Craig (Biggio) said, I can stay here for the rest of my career. Everybody knows it's not up to me. But (it's) something I would love to (do)."

Altuve, who's likely out until June after breaking his thumb at the World Baseball Classic, is under contract through 2024 after signing a seven-year, $163.5-million extension in March 2018.

Astros general manager Dana Brown said in mid-February that he spoke with agent Scott Boras about a new deal for Altuve and longtime teammate Alex Bregman.

"These guys should retire here," Brown said he told Boras. "They should be in Houston for life, man."

Altuve has played his entire 12-year career with the Astros, slashing .307/.362/.468 with 192 home runs, 279 stolen bases, and 1,935 hits over 1,578 games. The 32-year-old former AL MVP is an eight-time All-Star, six-time Silver Slugger, and three-time batting champion, and he's won two World Series titles.

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