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Mar 29, 2014

Angels News: Los Angeles signs Mike Trout to long-term deal

By on 8:45 AM

The Los Angeles Angels knew they were going to have to lock up Mike Trout sooner rather than later.  Trout has gone from super prospect to super star incredibly fast.  He'll make a paltry $1 million this year from the Angels before his extension kicks in.  Alden Gonzalez of summarizes the deal:
"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."

The extension happens just one day after Miguel Cabrera shattered the ceiling of baseball contracts when he signed an 8-year, $248 million extension with the Tigers.  The two stars have been widely considered the best two players in baseball for the past two seasons now.  Starting next year, they'll both be paid like it.

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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