"six-year contract extension that sources say is worth $144.5 million. The deal, which doesn't kick in until the start of the 2015 season, buys out three arbitration years and three free-agent years. It includes a full no-trade clause, but no additional option years, making Trout a free agent again at age 29."
Trout was the unanimous selection as Rookie of the Year in 2012. He has been the runner-up to Cabrera in the AL MVP voting each of the past two seasons. He's just the second person in baseball history to hit at least .320 with 25 home runs & 30 steals in back-to-back seasons. And he did that in his first two full seasons. The other person to do that? Willie Mays.
This is yet another huge contract on the books for the Angels. They already have Albert Pujols with a 10-year, $240 million deal & Josh Hamilton with a 5 year, $125 million deal. They still owe $27 million to Vernon Wells & Joe Blanton. They are no strangers to spending the big money. But that big money has yet to translate in to playoff appearances. Something Mike Trout will likely change.
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