Newtown Square, PA. – It’s still early in the season, but the trade rumors are beginning to heating up with Mike Trout’s name at the top of the list.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a 24 year-old in Trout who is without a doubt one of the premier players in baseball. It is hard to believe that the Angels would consider dealing their young superstar, but the right offer cannot be ignored.
This Angels’ squad is plagued with injuries, while also being faced with a lackluster minor league system. The haul for Trout would absolutely be a blockbuster move that would land them with a plethora of prospects on top of getting rid of a big contract.
Trout is currently locked into a six-year, $144.5 million dollar deal that lasts until 2020. Additionally, he has a full-no trade clause that allows him to determine his future. However, this is a reasonable deal considering the way baseball hands out contracts.
Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals recently inked a a seven-year, $175-million extension. Bryce Harper will probably being asking north of $400 million when he becomes available after 2018. If you ask me, Trout is playing at a discounted rate.
The Phillies currently have a goldmine of young prospects after trading Cole Hamels, Ken Giles, Jimmy Rollins, etc. Factor in the top selection in the 2016 draft, which features Jason Groome and A.J. Puk. Both are pitchers that adds even more depth to a stacked rotation.
For the Phillies, would you be willing to depart with top prospects to grab Trout? The packages would have to push the Angeles over the top and lean heavily in their favor.
Here are some of the top prospects for the Phillies. The list includes: J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Andrew Knapp, Jake Thompson, Mark Appel, Cornelius Randolph, and Roman Quinn.
I’m not completely sure I would be willing to depart with some names on that list. There are players in the majors right now who I would believe would be untouchable. Those names are Vince Velasquez, Maikel Franco, and Aaron Nola.
Matt Klentak spent the last four seasons as an assistant GM with the Angels. There is a connection there, while also noting how talented Trout was in his press conference.
“I would not have left Mike Trout in his prime to come here if I didn’t believe we could win, I promise you that.”
What if somehow Klentak brought Trout in his prime to the city of brotherly love? He’d be a GM to remember.
Other teams interested in acquiring the center-fielder would be the Cubs, Red Sox, and sadly the Mets. Each team has the talent to obtain his services as well.
The Millville native might consider waiving his trade clause if it meant coming to his hometown team. The Phillies do have the money to sign Trout once he is a free agent. However, this is a business and not all based on who you rooted for during your childhood.
Trout joined the big leagues at the age of 19 and certainly has not disappointed. He controls the outfield by robbing home-runs with ease. At the plate, he has a career .304 average while also smashing 146 homers.
Can you imagine the fanbase if Trout found his way to Philadelphia? This town would embrace Trout like one of their own, while also contending in the National League.
He essentially would be a new and improved Chase Utley. He fills a need on the corners and provides power to a team that desperately needs it. The player that benefits the most would be Franco as the squad would have a solid 3 & 4 in the lineup.
At the end of the day, the Phillies will most likely keep their young nucleus intact. The Angeles will listen to offers, but I do believe they keep him.