The heartbreaking news of the day is that Mike Trout will likely never be a Dodger. The star outfielder is reportedly signing a long-term extension with the Angels that would give him the largest MLB contract ever, and keep him in Orange County until he is 39-years-old.
BREAKING: Star center fielder Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a record-breaking 12-year contract worth more than $430 million, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Details: https://t.co/bROnnC11Uh
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 19, 2019
Dodgers fans have long dreamed of Trout swimming upstream to Chavez Ravine, but alas. Trout will stay in Anaheim for the foreseeable future as the Angels lock down their fan favorite. And it could not come soon enough, as his contract had just a year remaining after the 2019 season. Trout will likely play alongside Shohei Ohtani for a long time, as the two will no doubt be the faces of the franchise for a long time.
Trout is a career 307 hitter and has averaged a +9 WAR in every full season that he has played. He generally gives the Halos an on-base percentage well above the 400 mark, and an OPS+ of 175 on average. Trout has already earned two MVP awards, a Rookie of the Year award, six Silver Sluggers, and seven All-Star selections.
He is one of the greatest to play the game, and when his career wraps up he may be the greatest ever. To say he is deserving of $430 million deal would be the understatement of the century. If anything, getting him at around $36 million a year is a steal for the Angels.
The best part about this deal? Bryce Harper and the Phillies don’t get him. Well done Anaheim, now please get this man to the playoffs so we can see what he’s capable of.
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