With Mike Trout Extension, the LA Angels Will Compete for a Long, Long Time
By Vincent Page
You guys have all heard the news, right? The LA Angels and Mike Trout are finalizing a 12-year, $430 million dollar contract to make sure the best player in baseball remains in Anaheim for the rest of his career.
This is not some hot take because of Mike Trout’s signing. I have been waiting a long time to write this article, and the time has finally come. As weird as this sounds, extending Trout was the final piece to the Angels’ puzzle. Hear me out.
For years now, Halo fans have begged for the team to make more “win now” moves. However, general manager Billy Eppler has taken the long game approach. Most saw this as him not wanting to risk it all for these next two years in case Trout bolts in free agency. But luckily, Trout has never, and now will never, see free agency.
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He is the final piece to the puzzle. For years, Eppler has been improving the Angels’ once barren farm system. There have yet to be results in the MLB from these moves, but the help is on the way…soon.
Jo Adell is the cream of the crop. Whether he would be the replacement or the running mate to Trout was the only question. Brandon Marsh is another top prospect in the outfield, and a trio of Adell-Trout-Marsh will be paroling the outfield for the next decade or so. They also have some young pitchers on the rise in Jose Saurez and Griffin Canning.
With Trout in place FOR THE REST OF HIS CAREER, the Angels have a serious chance to become a dynasty. They have a plethora of both outfield and infield prospects, three young, solid arms in Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, and Jaime Barria, and just this guy named Shohei Ohtani.
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Rejoice, Angels fans. Mike Trout will never wear red and white for another team (that feels so good to say). He will be an Angel forever, he will win a World Series with the Angels, and he will go into the Hall of Fame as an Angel.