According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are trying to sign outfielder, Mike Trout to an extension and not just any extension, a record-breaking extension.
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Trout, 22, is one year away from arbitration eligibility. The Angels and Trout’s camp know that he will get impractical money if he reaches arbitration, so that leaves Anaheim wanting to lock him up for years to come. The Angels renewed Trout’s contract last season for under a $1 million despite an astounding season that positioned him second behind Miguel Cabrera for AL MVP. This offseason they can talk about an extension and there is no doubt Trout will get paid. If they do sign him, the extension will most likely be announced opening day or later, so that the contract would start in 2015 according to Craig Calcaterra of Hardballtalk.
The sides hope to reach a deal after the season starts. Any disappointment over a renewal should be erased by the prospect of what could be a record-setting contract likely to include a signing bonus far exceeding Trout's 2014 salary. (via Dayn Perry of CBSSports).
In 2013 Trout hit for a slash of .323/.432/.557 with 27 home runs and 97 runs batted in. His patience as the second place hitter was remarkable racking up over 100 walks and only striking out 136 times. His 33 stolen bases and splendid defensive play has turned Trout into the superstar he is today.
Throughout his first two seasons in the big leagues, Trout has been relatively healthy playing in 139 games in 2012 despite being called up late April and played 157 games in 2013. There was talk that he had gained weight last offseason, presumably fat, but that didn’t affect his play. By committing to sign a player to an 8+ year contract, they have to be certain of his future with injuries and the Angels seem fine with it. With Albert Pujols in his third season of his ten-year deal, most would think they would be hesitant to sign another vast contract, but that wasn’t the case. After 2012, the Angels went out and signed Josh Hamilton to a 5-year deal worth over $120 million while setting themselves for yet another massive signing after the 2013 with Trout.
Either way the Angels will be paying a record number to Trout in the upcoming years even if they do not agree to an extension soon, because of arbitration eligibility after one more year.
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