The news broke earlier today that the Angels and Mike Trout have agreed on a record-breaking contract extension. According to Jeff Passan, it is a 12-year deal worth $430 million. This breaks Bryce Harper’s record for the largest contract in professional sports history.
A dream turned into a record-breaking deal
There is no secret that Phillies’ fans wanted Trout. There is also no secret that Trout loves Philadelphia. The idea or dream for Phillies’ fans was that after the 2020 season, Harper and Trout would be playing in the same outfield. Well, we know for a fact that won’t happen.
It was a nice dream while it lasted. I’ve written about this scenario before, both Harper and Trout together in the same outfield. I’ve also said that Harper would sign with Philadelphia before the 2018 season ended. Unfortunately, we will never get to see Trout hit free agency.
Hitting free agency may have never been the goal for Trout. But, I don’t think to receive a record-breaking deal was the goal for him either. Trout has been a quick superstar who has been wildly mis-marketed by major league baseball. Popularity and money are things that Trout does not strive for.
The Phillies just saved at least $430 Million
I believe that the general consensus is that Trout is still worth more than this $430 million contract. I believe this, and everything you will see on twitter supports this. Not to mention the actual data that supports this.
The question now becomes, who will the Phillies go after? They are no longer saving money for Trout or Nolan Arenado. There are two free agents that are still available; Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. I don’t see why the Phillies shouldn’t take a chance on at least one, if not both of these players.
Although the dream was to have Trout and Harper playing in the same outfield and batting behind one another, I don’t feel angry. I’m happy for Trout and his family. The Phillies offseason has been a complete success this year, and this contract doesn’t change that. Instead of holding back from signing a player because Trout might be out there, the Phillies can now go after whoever they want. If we take a look at some of the top free agents in the near future, who says no to Mookie Betts?