There’s no doubt that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the best active baseball player. With two years remaining on his contract, the Angels need to extend him soon. However, MLB insider Ron Darling had an interesting suggestion for the Angels if things don’t go well in the first half of the 2019 season.
Darling presents a compelling idea. However, with a generational talent like Trout, it may be in the Angels’ best interests to do whatever they can to extend him while looking for other ways to improve themselves elsewhere. While the Angels could probably receive a king’s ransom in any trade for Trout, there is a very small chance any of the prospects acquired will be a generational talent.
Mike Trout has seven (7) top five MVP finishes and somehow only twelve (12) playoff at-bats
— Jimmer Bellows (@TwoTurtleDuffs) November 18, 2018
Between Trout and Shohei Ohtani, the Angels have a solid core to build a good team around. Even if they struggle early next season, the Angels need to remember they’ll have a healthy Ohtani pitching again in 2020. Between now and then, they need to go all out in signing Trout to an extension and building around him and Ohtani via the draft or free agency.
While the Atlanta Braves have a talented farm system, it’ll take quite a haul to land him. Too many teams may be scared of Trout’s price tag to consider trading for him.