After signing a 13-year, $330 million-dollar contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, all-star outfielder Bryce Harper boasted about trying to recruit a certain player who WAS set to become a free agent in 2020.
Turns out, the $330 million dollar man might have jinxed himself.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan has reported that Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout has signed a 12-year, $430 million-dollar deal with the team that ushered him into the league at the young age of 19.
Just to put it into perspective for you. Trout now owns the largest total contract in Major League Baseball History and he now will have the highest yearly average at $36 million, topping Zack Grienke’s $34.4 million contract with the Diamondbacks.
The amount of money that Trout is about to bring in is no surprise. He’s quite possibly the best plyer of his generation and if you don’t think so then you probably haven’t seen him around running center field in Anaheim for the past 8 years.
He’s finished second in the MVP race four times, he’s won it twice. He’s a Rookie of the Year, he’s six-time Silver Slugger, a seven-time All-Star, and has only hit under .300 twice in his career. His numbers are astounding and that’s before you even bring his defense into the equation.
In his entire career, he’s only had 8 errors. He has a fielding percentage of .994 and well if you look at WAR there’s probably no one better. In fact, Trout was probably the reason that WAR started being considered in the MVP debate, this guy is off the charts good and he’s probably not even at the peak of his talent.
As time goes on, he may lose a step or two in the field but he has the type of swing where his bat will always be there no matter what.
There was no doubt that he was going to have several teams vying for a chance to sign him in 2020 and the Angels did not want to risk the possibility of losing a once in a generation type of talent. So, they went above and beyond which was exactly what they needed to do in order to get this guy signed and get him signed NOW!!
I’m happy for Mike Trout, he’s set for life. But I do have one gripe with this contract. Does Trout ever get a World Series ring in Los Angeles?
With the way, the franchise has been run over the past decade I would have to say no. They have been notorious for bad contracts. They signed first basemen, Albert Pujols, to a ridiculous 10-year $240 million deal. Then they signed Josh Hamilton to a 5-year $125 million deal, that ultimately tied up their cap space and has handcuffed them over the past few years.
This deal was their first good one, now they ultimately have to go out and find talent to surround Trout with. They need solid pitching most importantly. They have Shoehei Ohtani, who can be used as both a DH and a starting pitcher, but in order to win a World Series, they have to bring in a few more pieces.
They have their franchise player locked in, now they need to put the pieces together because if Trout goes his entire career without a ring, he will probably go down as the greatest player who never got to lift the trophy.