Manny Machado was one of the top talents on the free agent market this offseason. The wait to find Machado’s new ball club has finally come to an end when he agreed to a 10-year $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres. Machado will serve as the Padres everyday third baseman throughout his contract with the Padres organization, as he agreed to play the hot corner rather than shortstop. His contract includes a six-team no-trade clause. Machado’s contract is going to elevate Trout’s asking price of his new contract if he hits free agency.
Trout’s Track Record
Mike Trout is shattering baseball records, what feels like every season. He’s on track to finish his baseball career next to baseball’s greatest players. Trout has won rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, two MVP awards, six silver sluggers and has been selected to seven all-star games. He’s been a top two finisher in the MVP voting six times throughout his career. Trout is a career .307 hitter, despite never leading the league in batting. Over his eight-year career in the big leagues, Trout averages 37 home runs, 99 RBI’s, 121 runs and 29 stolen bases. His career WAR is 64.3, where he produces in the batters box, fielding, throwing and on the base paths.
Future with the Angels?
Trout is only under contract for two more seasons with the Angels, as teams across MLB are waiting for the day he becomes a free agent. If the Angels want to retain Trout and make him an Angel for the rest of his career, they must do whatever it takes to avoid him hitting free agency. Trout is originally from Millville, New Jersey where he grew up rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies and Trout have been linked in many rumors when discussing his free agency. The Phillies have spent a good chunk of money this offseason, as they’d likely look to do the same if Trout hits the free agent market. The Angels have the upper hand on this situation. but they must be proactive about his contract situation in order to keep him in Anaheim.
What will Trout be worth?
With Machado signing for $300 million, Trout will definitely be north of Machado’s threshold. Trout’s current contract that he signed in 2015 was a six-year $144 million. He has exceeded the expectations of his current deal and will likely be around the $350-$400 million range. Trout will become a free agent after his age 28 season, so a 10-year contract would cover his age 29-39 years. The Angels front office has expressed interest in extending Trout, but how deep are they willing to go? The Angels likely are regretting the back-end of Pujols’s mega-deal that he signed in 2012, so only time will tell if they’ll take on another 10-year deal by signing Trout.
Trout shows zero signs of slowing down, as he approaches his 2019 season. His ability is unlike many players baseball has seen before, as he is a complete five-tool player. As Trout has developed more experience in the majors, his power has seen an uptick in his home run numbers. Although, his stolen bases have leveled off just slightly. During his 2017 season, he went on the disabled list from an injury caused by sliding into a base. Although, the Angels coaches and front office executives will more than likely take the low-end of his stolen bases if they can have him healthy for a full season. Trout appears that he will age well, as he gets older but 10-year contracts are difficult to predict the future.
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