Players like Mike Trout come around once in a great while, and the Los Angeles Angels are beginning to realize that. The 22-year-old center fielder has been talking with the Angels regarding a monster $160 million-range deal that would keep him in Los Angeles — technically Anaheim — for the nest six or seven years. However, to avoid MLB‘s luxury tax, the Angels signed the third-year starter to a one-year, $1 million deal.
While this may seem silly for Trout to agree to, the team will likely announce an extension later this spring that will likely be in the $160 million-range which was discussed for the better part of a couple weeks.
Trout took the deal knowing that he has hundreds of millions of dollars coming his way in the next decade or two. Helping the Angels out by signing this deal now and starting his monster deal in 2015 will go a long way in ensuring he stays with the club for the long-term.
This shows just how loyal he is to the organization and he knows he deserves far more than $1 million a year, but if this will ensure long-term happiness for both sides, he seems happy to take it. Also, he can thank Josh Hamilton‘s and Albert Pujols‘ monster contracts for this short-term temporary deal.
Trout is one of the best players in baseball and has been a runner-up to the AL MVP for the last couple of seasons, falling behind slugger Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. However, at just 22 years of age, his five-tool ability, .314 career average, 62 home runs, 196 RBI and 86 steals are looking pretty solid for just two full seasons and parts of a third.
Great move by both sides.
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