Mike Trout is getting a contract with the Angels through 2030, and that’s good news for A’s fans who will be privileged to see him nine times a year for the next 12 years.
It’s also bad news for A’s fans because no position player dominates a game quite as many ways as the renowned center fielder.
Trout will make a record $426.5 million over the next 12 years, thanks to a 10-year, $360 agreement added to the $66.5 million he’ll make in 2019 and 2020.
A few weeks ago in this space, we suggested that when Trout reaches free agency in two years, the starting point should be 10 years and $400 million. As it turned out, we overplayed our hand by $40 million.
That’s not to say he wouldn’t have gotten $400 million-plus. He likely would have – with his hometown Phillies first in line with an offer — and he would have been worth it. But Trout is content in Anaheim and loyal to the organization even though it reached the postseason just once on his watch and didn’t win a playoff game.
By getting a deal now, Trout lifts the shadow of uncertainty that would have followed him the next two years and ends all questions about his future destination. He’s in Anaheim to stay, with no opt outs and a full no-trade clause.
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Plus, he can avoid free agency, which is becoming more unpredictable because many major-market teams have chosen not to pursue the top free agents. Remember when Bryce Harper was destined for the Dodgers, Manny Machado for the Yankees?
The recent contracts given to Harper ($330 million, Phillies) and Machado ($300 million, Padres) along with Nolan Arenado’s extension ($260 million, Rockies) provided momentum for Trout. Harper’s recruitment of him did nothing but motivate the Angels to move more quickly.
The Angels, who open at the Coliseum on March 28 after finishing 17 games behind the A’s last season, aren’t expected to contend. But the 27-year-old Trout believed enough in the future, with Shohei Ohtani, 24, and top outfield prospect Jo Adell, 19, that he felt comfortable sticking around. The price and time were right.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/athletics/shea/article/A-s-fans-get-to-see-more-of-Mike-Trout-the-13701006.php.