Many people around baseball consider Mike Trout to be the best young player in the game. And the Los Angeles Angels seem to agree, and have signed Trout to a six-year extension worth a reported $144.5 million.
The deal would keep Trout as the Angels' center fielder until 2020. The extension doesn't officially start until the beginning of the 2015 season, but it will buy out the current three arbitration years and the three free agent years. It also includes a full no-trade clause, and there is no additional option years. This would free him up to become a free agent again at the young age of 29.
The Angels will formally announce the deal during a press conference that is scheduled at Angel Stadium at 1:30 P.M. PT on Saturday. In 2012 and 2013, Trout finished second in the American League MVP voting behind Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who signed a monster $248 million extension of his own on Friday.
To give an idea of just how well Trout has done in his first two seasons, he joins Hall of Fame legend Willie Mays as the only players to have two seasons that included a .320 batting average with 25 homers and at least 30 steals at any point in their career. Trout pulled that off before he turned 22 years old. Trout's teammate Albert Pujols sees nothing but big things for the youngster.
He's a special kid, man. He's a very special kid. And if he stays healthy, I'm telling you, the last couple of years is just the start of a great career.
Trout and the Angels wrap up their Spring Training this weekend as they prepare for Opening Day. They will open up the regular season at home on Monday against the Seattle Mariners.