With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado recently signing deals worth $300 million and $330 million respectively, the price tag for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout figures to have gone up.
The two-time American League MVP has two seasons remaining on a six-year, $144.5 million deal but has not yet given an indication whether he intends to remain with the team after 2020.
But The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Angels recently have at least considered offering Trout a 10-year extension worth $350 million. Combined with the final two years of his existing contract, that would work out to 12 years and $416 million.
Part of the uncertainty involving Trout is tied to his strong attachment to the city of Philadelphia. Trout grew up in the small town of Millville, N.J., located about 50 miles from Philadelphia, and is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles’ fan.
So rumors of Trout having interest in playing for the Phillies someday gained momentum with Harper subtly lobbying for Trout to join him in Philadelphia when he becomes a free agent.
“I know there’s another guy in about two years who comes up off the books,” Harper said at his introductory press conference on Saturday. “We’ll see what happens with him.”
Trout batted .312 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs and 24 steals in 140 games last season. Overall, he has a .307 average with 240 homers, 648 RBIs and 189 steals in seven-plus major league campaigns.
–Field Level Media