A few months back there were rumors floating around that Mike Trout wasn’t sold on staying with the Los Angeles Angels long-term. However, many speculated that those rumors were just created to push the Angels towards re-signing Trout sooner rather than later. Well, if you’re an Angels fan, the latest batch of rumors will be much more to your liking.
According to the LA Times, the Angels are currently working on a new contract for Trout, which could make him the highest paid player in MLB. No, not just current day MLB, of all time. Some are speculating that the offer could be in the neighborhood of $300 million. (The current record contract is held by Alex Rodriguez, which is only good for a ‘measly’ $275 million.)
The rumored new contract wouldn’t be on the table until after opening day of 2014, but obviously, Trout’s future looks bright in L.A. He could easily put up with being underpaid for another season, especially with the added rumor that his new contract would include a signing bonus that would far exceed his salary from this season. So if the star OF is patient, he’s going to get a lot of money thrown his way.
The main question — is he worth record money?
Nearly all baseball contracts are over the top and ridiculous. They’re just aren’t $300 million players in other sports. But to me, if any player is worth that kind of money, it’s Trout. He’s not just some slugger with a few good years of home run balls and truckloads of RBI in his future, he’s a legitimate five-tool player. He literally can do it all and he’s still only 22-years old. If a team is going to heavily invest in a player, Trout meets all the criteria and then some.