After months of rumors, we have finally gotten word that the Los Angeles Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are finalizing a big-time contract. MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez is reporting that the deal will be a six-year extension worth $144.5 million.
The contract, which would buy out Trout’s three arbitration year and his first three years of free agency, does not include any options for additional years.
The 22-year-old Trout has established himself as baseball’s best all-around player over the past two seasons. In that time he has hit .324, with a .416 on-base percentage and a .560 slugging percentage. He has also racked up 57 home runs, scored 238 runs and stolen 82 bases. Additionally, his WAR of 20.4 is the best in baseball over that stretch.
Trout finished second in American League MVP voting in 2012 and 2013 behind Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera agreed to an eight-year, $248 million extension of his own on Thursday.
If Trout’s deal gets finished, it will kick in at the start of the 2015 season and he will not be a free agent until he turns 29.
Big, strong, fast and extremely athletic, Trout is essentially the perfect baseball player. He’s a true five-tool guy and one of baseball’s biggest draws.
The Angels had to get a deal done. On a team that boasts Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, Trout is clearly the face of the franchise.