The Angels are working to extend 22-year old superstar Mike Trout beyond his arbitration-eligible seasons and the contract they are discussing could wind up paying him more than $30 million a year for the final seasons of the deal, if the breakdown of the potential deal that Ken Rosthenal of Fox Sports offers up is on target.
Trout is still pre-arbitration this season so he will only make the league minimum unless he and the Angels can get a deal done. This might give Los Angeles upper hand right now, but with record-setting arbitration rulings looming, the Angels have every reason to try to get this deal as soon as possible. Trout has been unbelievable in his first two seasons and simply maintaining that level of performance would put him on track for a colossal deal when he hits the free agent market at the age of 25. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated recently estimated Trout's open market value at $320 million for the next six years (the term the Angels contract is expected to cover). It is hard to imagine anyone actually paying him $53 million a year, but Jaffe's model does show just how just how insane the bidding for Trout would be if he were a free agent right now.
He isn't a free agent, however, and the team control the Angels have will help keep his cost down. What do think is a reasonable deal for Trout right now? How long would the perfect Trout extension be and how would you breakdown the salary for your ideal contract?
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