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Rockets lock up Capela with 5-year, $90 million contract

Rockets lock up Capela with 5-year, $90 million contract
Clint Capela has a new deal with the Rockets. Jason Miller

The Rockets have locked up Clint Capela with a five-year, $90 million contract, according to multiple reports. The deal will average roughly $18 million per year. 

Capela was a restricted free agent, but drew no interest from other teams as the center market dried up pretty quickly. He was a key piece for the Rockets last season, averaging career highs in points (13.9) and rebounds (10.8). He was also a key component to the Rockets improved defense, with 1.9 blocks per game and handling multiple assignments on switches. 

Bringing Capela back was big for a team that lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency and only added James Ennis to the mix. Of course, it is also expected that Carmelo Anthony will sign a deal with the team once he clears waivers. 

In the interim, the Rockets got back a big piece of their success and did it for a reasonable number considering his contributions. 

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Extremely positive Yordan Alvarez update from Astros opens door for landmark year

It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.

Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.

While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.

Another way to be a leader is to do everything you can to be available for your team. Alvarez changed his diet in the offseason hoping it will help him stay healthy this year.

Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.

Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.

He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.

So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?

Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.

One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.

Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.

So what does all this mean for Yordan?

Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!

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