There was public disappointment from Mike Trout and his agent when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim decided to give the star outfielder a $510,000 contract rather than engaging in a long-term deal.
That apparently won’t be happening again as the Angels are reportedly interested in signing Trout to a multi-year deal near the start of the 2014 season, this according to the Los Angeles Times.
The sides hope to reach a deal after the season starts. Any disappointment over a renewal should be erased by the prospect of what could be a record-setting contract likely to include a signing bonus far exceeding Trout’s 2014 salary.
There’s no mention of just how long the commitment of the contract would be for, though, it would need to make sense for both players. The most likely scenario would likely allow the Angels to buy out the final few years of arbitration eligibility and give them a year or two of his early ‘free agent’ years, similar to what the San Francisco Giants did with Tim Lincecum.