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Details on a Possible Extension for Mike Trout

By David Hill

Aug 9, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) waits to bat during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

There has been talk about the Angels looking to offer an extension to Mike Trout for almost two weeks now. It certainly makes sense for the Angels to wrap up Trout who, in his two full seasons in the majors, has already established himself as one of the better players in the game. The only real questions involve how long the Angels would be looking to sign him for, and how much it will cost.

It seems that we have an answer for those questions. According to reports, the Angels and Trout are discussing a six year deal worth approximately $150 Million. Such an extension would buy out Trout’s arbitration years and two years of free agency. Meanwhile, Trout would be a free agent at 28 years old, and if he continues to perform at the level he has, be set for an even bigger payout.

Such an extension would be a win for both sides. The Angels would get to build around Mike Trout for the next six years, and could look to extend his contract further down the line. For Trout, he gets financial security, knowing that he is guaranteed that money over the next six years no matter what happens. If the worst happens and he gets injured, Trout is still set.

Right now, there is a difference that is thought to be in the low eight figures between both sides, probably around $10 to $15 Million. With the Angels and Trout’s representatives being that close, an extension will hopefully be hammered out soon.

Mike Trout, in his two full seasons, has established himself as one of the best all around players in the game. Now, if the reports are accurate, he is set to be paid like one of the best as well.