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So we were all having discussions all offseason about what Trouts extension might look like.


Then MLBTraderumors posts this.


AL West Links: Cruz, Franklin, Trout, Russell



  • A 10-year, $300MM contract for Mike Trout has often been cited as a possible extension for the young superstar, though MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez opines that Trout's representatives might take a lesser deal given that Trout still has four years until free agency and his stock could drop in the interim.  Also, a shorter deal would set Trout up for another massive contract later in his career.  Gonzalez suggests a seven-year, $200MM extension could work.  In my opinion, while the $200MM mark is a major threshold for any player, I'd guess the Angels would happily lock Trout up at that price.



It went from 10/$200 to either 10/$300 or 7/$200.  Figuring the 3 arb years will be $12/$16/$20 for a total of $48 million.  That would mean the 7 year deal is in the $38 million a year in free agency.  The 10 year deal is in the $36 million a year in free agency.

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I think some of the numbers being floated are a little absurd.  Keep in mind, Buster Posey was extremely accomplished at a young age as well, and he signed for 9/167 (which was, I believe, a record deal at the time).  I gotta believe Trout can get locked up for something like 9-10 years at 180-220 mil.

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