Today we kick off our third annual Face of the MLB tournament! It will begin with daily polls to decide the face of each club, and from there until Opening Day there will be bracket-style head-to-head match-ups to determine the face of the MLB. Last year, our followers named David Ortiz as the Face of the MLB. Who will it be this year? To start, let us know who you think is the Face of the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are nearing a contract extension that would lock Trout in through 2020. The deal is in the $150-$160 million range. Ken Rosenthal estimates$1 million pre-arbitration in his first year, second year $12 million, then $15 million, $20 million, $32 million, $34 million, and $36 million in 2020. He would be a free agent at the age of 28.
Trout is the MLB’s best outfielder by far, as well as likely the Face of the MLB. In his three-year MLB career, he has spent them all with the Angels. In the last two years, he has been named to the All-Star team. He has also won the Silver Slugger award in the last two years. In 2012, he won the Rookie of the Year. In the last two years, Trout has tied for second in MVP voting. Trout has an astronomical .314/.404/.544 slash line over his career in 336 games.
This extension is nearing agreement, and will likely happen within the week.
Mike Trout is by far the best player in Major League Baseball right now. Trout can beat you in every way possible. Ever heard of a 5-tool player? Trout is a 20-tool MVP candidate. How many players have proven themselves the way Trout has in just two years? In his first two years, Trout has two 100+ runs scored seasons, two 180+ hit seasons, 180 RBIs, a .314 batting average, and a .404 OBP. Those numbers are STUNNING. You can’t even compare that to Bryce Harper’s first two years. Trout also ranks among the top 3 base stealers in his first two seasons. Also, what many do not know is that Trout is paid just above the league minimum at $506k per year. Trout has not signed a contract since being signed to the Angels’ minor league system. When he hits free agency, he will likely sign a Cano-like long term contract. Mike Trout can hit for both power and contact, he is amongst the most dangerous base runners in the league, and he is the youngest talent that we’ve seen in awhile. For all of these reasons, Mike Trout is the best player in the MLB.
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