With the announcement of Bryce Harper signing with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years for $330 million has had many in the baseball industry thinking about Mike Trout’s future earnings.
That being said Mike Trout has two guaranteed years left with the Los Angeles Angels. There has been plenty of speculation about whether Trout will leave for Philadelphia after his current contract is up since he grew up a Phillies fan and lives in New Jersey where he was born and raised. There have also been reports that the Angels are trying to extend him and the Angels would seemingly want to do that as soon as possible.
Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic on March 2nd, wrote that the Angels were discussing a deal about what kind of extension they would offer Trout. Rosenthal wrote, ” In recent weeks, the Los Angeles Angels at least considered offering Mike Trout a 10-year, $350 million extension.” Rosenthal, is not the only one to have mentioned that the Angels have discussed what type of extension the Angels will offer Trout, Christopher Meola on Twitter tweeted, “Per Source: Angels and Mike Trout are discussing an 8 yr deal between 350-375, 40 Million ++ AAV. Full no trade clause would be in the deal.” Meola, tweeted that on Febuary 18th. Meola, is not the most well known guy, but he has broken big stories before such as Zack Greinke’s 6 year deal with the Arizona Diamonbacks. It also helps that Christopher Meola is followed by MLB Insiders Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman, and Robert Murray on Twitter.
Any kind of contract that the Angels offer Trout will top Bryce Harper’s record breaking contract and what both Ken Rosenthal and Christopher Meola mentioned would top Harper’s contract. Mike Trout deserves the best as he has been the best player in Baseball since his first full season in 2012 where he won the AL Rookie of the Year and finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting due to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera winning the MVP since he was the Triple Crown Winner that year. Since 2012, Trout has finished in the top 2 in MVP voting every year with the only exception being in 2017, when he appeared in only 114 games due to a torn UCL in his left thumb that required surgery.
There is no price that could show Trout how much he has meant to the Angels organization and the front office needs to make sure he stays in an Angels uniform for the rest of his career.
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