Mike Trout Signs

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Mike Trout An Angel for Life at $426 Million


By David A. Avila

After months if not years of speculation, Mike Trout finally made the decision to be or not to be an Angel.

The Los Angeles Angels signed Trout to a 12-year contract worth $426.5 million thus smashing the previous mark of $330 million set last week by Bryce Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies. More importantly it allows the struggling Angel franchise to build on tomorrow.

“To be able to keep him here and keep him home, as far as his professional life is concerned, was important to us,” Angel general manager Billy Eppler said to the Southern California News Group. “I’m glad we were able to get it done.”

With Major League Baseball’s recognized best player hooked to the Angel franchise the team that has not participated in the American League Playoffs since 2010 can now focus on building around the super star. The signing of Trout also signaled to other free agents that the Angel organization can and will spend to enhance the team’s standings.

For the last two years the Angels have won exactly 80 games and have been short of making the playoffs. The primary reason has been multiple injuries to the starting pitching staff and the team has suffered behind the ultra-strong Houston Astros and the newly emerging Oakland Athletics.

Many new additions to the team have bolstered hopes that this year could see improvement, but not necessarily a spot on the playoffs unless the Astros or A’s suffer catastrophic injuries.

In 2018 Trout pounded out 39 homers with a .312 average in only 471 at bats with an overall 1.088 OPS and 9.8 WAR. Those are astounding numbers and firmly back why the Angels willingly invested almost a half billion dollars to one player. Many felt he deserved the Most Valuable Player award again, but if not for Mookie Betts incredible season and Boston’s successful season the popular Angel player might have won again.

Trout, 27, has won the MVP award in 2014 and 2016. He has also been selected to the AL All Stars seven times since debuting for the Angels in 2012.