Mike Trout should be Halos top offseason concern

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Trout /

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. He has been for years, and will be for years. However, some of those years may come in a different place than Anaheim. The Angels need to change that.

Mike Trout isn’t leaving Anaheim anytime soon, as the Angels have him locked up through the 2020 season. However, he is free to walk after that. 

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Without Mike Trout, the Angels are a sorry team. Trout has been able to save them from joining the Phillies, Athletics, and the Reds as the worst teams in the MLB. Sure, they would still have Garrett Richards, but outside of that there’s no telling where this team would be without Trout. 

Back when Mike Trout and the Halos front office were negotiating a deal, it was rumored that Mike Trout wanted a 15-year lifetime deal to stay in Anaheim. For some unknown reason, the Halos decided settling on a six-year deal was the better option. Now, they have to make sure they don’t regret that decision.

With his current contract, Trout would be hitting free agency at 29 years of age. That means Mike Trout, the best player of this generation, would be hitting free agency in the middle of his prime. Every team in the league would be clearing cap space at the chance to sign the phenom from New Jersey. However, the Angels can put that idea to rest, and need to, as soon as possible.

The Halos need to extend Trout past his current contract. However long he wants, they should give it to him. If he wants another ten years at $35 million a year, Eppler shouldn’t even bat an eye. If he wants 15 more years with a smaller annual salary, Eppler should say yes immediately.

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It isn’t every year, or even every decade, that a player like Mike Trout comes along. The Halos should not be putting Mike Moustakas, Yu Darvish, or Jake Arrieta at the top of their offseason wish list. Instead, they should be doing everything in their power to make sure Michael Nelson Trout plays every inning of his Hall of Fame career for the Los Angeles Angels.