Mike Trout missing out on $222,222 each game lost

Mike Trout of the LA Angels. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Mike Trout of the LA Angels. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

LA Angels star Mike Trout will miss out on nearly 55,556 Big Macs for each game MLB does not play in 2020.

The Associated Press released its annual look at MLB salaries on Monday. The LA Angels were in the top five overall, led by the contract of Mike Trout.

Based on “Opening Day” salary data, using March 28 as the date, owner Arte Moreno’s franchise would be on the hook for roughly $181 million. Trout is owed $36 million on his base contract this season.

The Yankees lead MLB with about $242 million in salaries this season. The Dodgers ($222 million), Astros ($208 million), and Cubs ($192 million) rank first through fourth.

(The Angels can afford it. Their franchise is worth about $1.98 billion — up 4 percent over 2019 — according to Forbes.)

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That’s not what the Angels will actually have to pay in 2020 though. After MLB and every other American pro sports league paused their seasons indefinitely in March, the league and players came to an agreement for what the salary structure will look like for the rest of the season.

Among the agreements, players agreed to take prorated salaries based on the number of games played this year.

Trout, who signed a 12 year,  $426.5 million contract extension last year, stands to lose 1/162nd of his salary for each game not played. That works out to being about $222,222.

Alongside Trout, Gerrit Cole of the Yankees will also be missing out on that figure each game. In total, 88 players make at least $100,000 per game.

Trout can afford to miss out, for sure. He’s still owed another $355 million or so after this year.

For fun, I thought I’d put how much Trout is paid per game into a little perspective.

So, $222,222 is the equivalent of …

  • 55,556 Big Macs
  • 44,893 Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  • 222,222 megarolls of toilet paper
  • 740 Nintendo Switches
  • 2,315 Mike Trout baseball cleats (turf edition)
  • 1,398 home weather stations
  • 8,889 Cumberland County Fair admissions (with unlimited rides wristband)
  • 571 square feet of real estate in Anaheim

So, well, it’s a lot to give up is what I’m saying.