Mar 5, 2014; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Jon Singleton (13) reacts after striking out during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING: Jonathan Singleton Called Up By Houston Astros, Signs Long-Term Deal

It is the day Houston Astros fans have been waiting for. The Houston Astros have called up Jonathan Singleton according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

More big news though. Singleton is signing a long-term extension according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Singleton has been mashing the baseball this whole season with the Triple-A RedHawks. In 54 games this season, Singleton has hit 14 HR, 10 2B, and 43 RBI, while slashing .264/.397/.544. The 22-year old has a 52/42 – K/BB ratio, striking out in 26.67 percent of his at-bats.

Signing Singleton to this extension could be absolute robbery by Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. The Astros will have Singleton for the next five season at $10 million guranteed. They could control Singleton until he is 30-years old (after picking up his three options) and only pay him a total $30 million after eight years. The deal could reach $35 million if Singleton also reaches the multiple incentives in his deal. If Singleton lives up to his hype, the Astros could be walking away with the biggest steal in franchise history.

Of course, Singleton does come with his share of off-field issues. He was suspended 50 games for marijuana use last season, and recently had a bad day on Twitter. Singleton probably owes the Astros a bit, and you never know if that played a factor in these negotiations.

As Passan notes, this extension is the first of its kind. Singleton signs an extension that will secure him financially for the next 5-8 years, though it could come back to haunt him. The Astros tried similar deals with George Springer, though he decided to try his luck at the major league level, something he probably doesn’t regret right now.

Singleton will be called up for tomorrow’s game. No word on the corresponding move.

We will have more details as they come out!

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