It seemed like it was only going to be a matter of time before Mike Trout got paid. With Miguel Cabrera receiving an eight-year/$248 million extension, we all knew the Los Angeles Angels had to keep pace by paying their star outfielder.
According to Ken Rosenthal, it’s a done deal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 29, 2014
So while Trout has gotten his pay day, he certainly isn’t getting a Miggy pay day. But at only 22-years of age, that’s just the way it’s going to be. His mega-deal will come someday down the road, as long as he keeps producing at his current pace.
Now that this monkey has been lifted from the Angels back, the team can start 2014 with nothing to worry about except winning games. The franchise player has been locked up, and now it’s time to get down to business.
The Angels are of course coming off a disappointing 2013 campaign where they finished dead even at 81-81. The bar for 2014 is set at World Series, and that’s only fair considering the team’s massive payroll.
The one guy on that payroll (who’s taking up a lot of room) that’s going to be the x-factor this year is Albert Pujols. After a down year in 2013, the Angels desperately need him to bounce back and be the Pujols of old. If he can be 90 percent of the player he was in St. Louis, they’ll be in business.
As for Trout, I think we all know he’ll excel in every area of the game once again.