The Los Angeles Angels are negotiating a contract extension with outfielder Mike Trout. The rumored contract extension is in the six-year, $150 million range. Any extension locking up Trout for any length of time would be a great thing for the Angels. Trout, only 22-years-old, has two full seasons under his belt and has averaged 33 doubles, 28 home runs, 41 stolen bases and .324 batting average. Trout has also been runner-up two seasons in a row in the American League MVP voting. Any extension keeping Trout in an Angels uniform for a long period of time would be in the best interest of the team.
Now as great as the idea is, the timing is terrible. The Angels are getting ready to play their first preseason baseball game, and Trout will have the added pressure of a contract extension on his mind while trying to prepare for the season. Yes, his agent will deal with majority of the dealings, but Trout will have to be involved at some point meaning the superstar outfielder will have more on his mind than just working on his game. The Angels should have attempted to get this deal worked out during the offseason so that Trout could come into the season with a new contract ready to help the Angels beat the dreaded slow start that has plagued them the last two seasons.
If the deal does not get done soon and Trout and the Angels get off to a slow start, it will prove to be another black eye for the Angels front office. This 2014 Angels team cannot afford another slow start as the window of opportunity is slowly closing. The Angels need to lock up Trout to a long-term deal, and they need to do it soon so the young phenom can go out and concentrate on helping his teammates win the AL West.