Listen: Mike Trout finalizing 12-year, $430 million extension with Angels
"Now as far as trout goes with this deal. This is a no brainer for the angels. Because the angels are about to sign a three billion dollar television contract. They had the money, and I understand the long contracts and baseball usually don't work, but what choice. Do they have Mike trout is that good? You look at his numbers and his career. They are historic and Mike trout, you could honestly argue if you look at his wins above replacement, which is the highest ever in baseball among any active player. You can make a case that might try to kind of underpaid as crazy as that sounds Mike shroud is going to make an average annual value of about thirty six million dollars per year. So not only does he top the largest contract in sports history with the four hundred thirty million, but he also breaks the average annual valued record, which is currently Zach ranked you with the Diamondbacks. He's making thirty four point four million child about thirty six million per year. The contract. We mentioned Bryce Harper last hour trout's deal is more than thirty percent larger than the three hundred thirty million dollar deal that Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies on March second and it best boxers can no Alvarez's deal with zone. That's that new digital streaming service for boxing it beats dissolves deal with Canelo. Alvarez by more than sixty five million dollars. Mike trout is just twenty-seven. He's just entering the private of his career. And we already know. Mike trout is the best player in the game. There's a chance he's going to get even better. And pass it. I'm reading his story now on ESPN dot com. He talks about how trout is already arguably put together the greatest star. Career in the history of baseball. Think about that Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig, Jeremiah GIO, Ted Williams, Willie Mays Mickey Mantle. No player in history has put up more wins above replacement that new stat war that very analytical that people use to compare players do different hours. No player in history has put up more wins above replacement there age twenty six and then trout, sixty four point three. And you know, I've seen a lot of people talk about this contract. Disabled angels. Don't exactly have a great history long-term deals. Remember, they gave pool holes that ten year two hundred forty million dollar deal. Josh Hamilton got five years one hundred twenty five million. Both of those contracts are considered albatross. And rightfully so the difference with trout easy, significantly younger than those guys were when they sign those deals. And the reality is for the angels. The possibility of losing trout is too daunting for them. Right. He's the face of baseball. He's the best player in the game. He's one of the best players ever. How do you not give this guy everything because you need them? And Mike trout, his personality it fits the city of LA it fits Anaheim. You know, he's not on the dodgers. He's not Kershaw. He's not in the media and being covered nonstop like he would have been if he signed with the Phillies that say teamed up with price Harper where he's from. Mike trousers kinda even kill the does this thing and guy's phenomenal. And I think that fits the angels. Really? Well, the other thing is this. The angels are in a position now with that new TV contract where signing trout long-term should not prohibit them from still putting a winning team around. You saw what they did with Shohei Ohtani. They still have players on that team. That are good. Art. Marino has shown the ability to spent three billion dollar TV deal when that kicks in. That is when the angels could start trying to put together a winning team. That is when it all unfold. For my trap because it will be a damn shame. It might trap. Does not get the opportunity. To play in the postseason over the next twelve years. She's been once they got swept in three games that was it. That was by traps postseason, Ron. Two twenty twelve. Has not been back since. So Mike trout as great as he is for him to kinda get the the national spotlight that he deserves. He has to get to the postseason. But baseball's the ultimate team sport. Good as trout is he single handedly. Cannot take you to the playoffs. Aron Texas was winning MVP's. Rangers were finishing in last place. So the angels made the commitment to trout trout signed the deal. And now the commitment needs to be made for the angels to put some pitching around trout for the angels to put a winning team. But as far as this deal this deal to me for trout wasn't oh brainer. He's the best player in the sport. For the next two years. The rumors of him signing in Philly where he's from would have been amped up. And then something that would have been talked about nonstop now. Mike trout us four hundred thirty million dollars. They rip up the final two years of his deal. Give them twelve New Year's"