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March 31, 2014

Transaction Analysis

Angels Sign Baseball's Best Player to One of Baseball's Best Deals

by Ben Lindbergh



ANAHEIM ANGELS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Signed CF-R Mike Trout to a six-year, $144.5 million extension. [3/28]

Because Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, one would think that any transaction in which he’s involved would lead to a long article. But this is going to be a fairly short one, both because Sam Miller already wrote about Trout’s extension when the approximate parameters were first reported and because there are really only a few things about this contract that you need to know.

If you read the italicized text and did some quick mental math, you’ve already realized that this is a steal for the Angels (which isn’t to say that it’s a mistake for Trout). Here are the basics: The extension buys out Trout’s three arbitration-eligible years (2015–17) and what would have been his first three free agent years (2018–20), ensuring that the Angels can hug him and pet him and squeeze him and pat him through age 28. The contract also includes a full no-trade clause—not that trading Trout was going to be high on the Angels’ to-do list, considering the team-friendly terms of the deal.

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