The Angels have done what they needed to do. They followed in the footsteps of the Red Sox and the Tigers, in my opinion, doing the right thing. The Tigers have Cabrera forever and the Red Sox did the right thing for David Ortiz. It was about time the Angels locked down the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. Yes, I did call him the best but quite honestly it’s an undeniable truth and this is coming from an Oakland fan.
According to Angel’s beat writer Alden Gonzalez, Trout and the Angels have agreed upon a six year contract extension worth approximately $140.5 million. There will be a press conference Saturday morning to announce the agreement that will officially make Trout the third Angel that makes an Average Annual Value (AAV) of at least $24 million, next to Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
#Angels expect to have a press conference for Trout’s deal on Saturday at Angel Stadium, prior to last Freeway Series game.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 29, 2014
Trout really is, if not the top then, one of the top players in the game today. At the young age of 22, Trout put up numbers last season that were more than worthy of the AL MVP Award, which he has lost two years in a row to the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, who coincidentally signed a MLB record high contract, just yesterday.
Last season Trout posted a .323/.432/.557 slash line with 27 home runs, 109 runs scored, 33 stolen bases, 110 walks and 97 RBI for the Angels in 716 plate appearances. So far this spring, Trout is hitting .407 with five home runs and 16 RBI. After two years in the Majors and another spring Trout has proven he is the real deal.
In late February, the Angels and Trout agreed on a $1 million contract for 2014 – the highest ever for a pre-arbitration player. His extension doesn’t kick in until 2015 and he will become a free agent at age 29. Whether or not he stays with the Angels after that is now far in the future, the next decade to be exact. The Angels got lucky on this one, in my opinion.