Mike Trout’s Contract
In the eyes of many, The Angels 21-year-old outfielder Mike Trout is the best player in the MLB today. In the 2012 season, Trout hit for an amazing .326 average which was 2nd in the American League, only to triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera. His on base percentage was an incredible .399 which was 3rd in the American League and his OPS (On Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage) was .963 which was 3rd in the MLB. Trout hit 30 HR’s in 2012 and stole an MLB leading 49 Stolen Bases! Perhaps put in the shadows by his outstanding offensive season, Trout was also a defensive machine. He committed only 2 errors in the entire season which ranked him tied for first among center fielders. His fielding percentage was .993 which is absolutely incredible. Now, how does a 21-year-old with a whole career ahead of him, and a rookie season like that, not get a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract?
For those of you who do not know, the Angels recently renewed Trout’s contract, which means that he will make $510,000 in 2013, only $20,000 higher than the league minimum. Trout’s agent was FURIOUS by this news saying, “In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract, and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process.” In my opinion, The Angels should have given Trout a 3yr./$33,ooo,000 contract. That would give him a $11,000,000 salary for the next 3 years. I would only give him this much because there is always the chance that his rookie season was a once in a career thing. But, if Trout continues to put up crazy numbers, then the Angels need to make him one of the highest paid players in the history of the MLB.