The Los Angeles Angels and star center fielder Mike Trout are discussing a six-year contract extension that would pay him in the range of $150 million, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Angels owner Arte Moreno confirmed last week that the sides were talking, but there has been no indication from either side about the parameters being discussed.
Both Mike Trout and the Angels have shown a desire to lock up the 22-year-old to a long-term deal this spring, and discussions for now have focused on a six-year deal that would buy out two years of Trout’s free agency and put him on the free-agent market at 28 years old.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto declined comment on the report, and Trout’s agent, Craig Landis, did not immediately respond to a message.
Should an agreement fall through, the Angels could renew Trout, as they did last season, and pay him around $1 million for the 2014 season. He would be eligible for free agency following the 2017 season.
Mike Trout has finished as American League MVP runner-up, and he has established himself as baseball’s best all-around player in both of his full seasons. Following his amazing Rookie of the Year season in 2012, Trout was even better in 2013, hitting .323/.432/.557 with 27 home runs, 33 stolen bases and an AL-leading 110 walks.
The structure of the proposed deal is unclear, though a reasonable breakdown could look something like:
2014: $2 million salary and $10 million signing bonus
2015: $13 million salary
2016: $22 million salary
2017: $30 million salary
2018: $35 million salary
2019: $38 million salary
Earlier this week, as Angels spring camp opened, Trout declined to comment about a possible extension. The team has kept silent as well.
Tthe Angels are not believed to be interested in signing Trout to a deal that includes 2014, because it would likely push them over the Competitive Balance Tax threshold of $189 million.
Salaries in Major League Baseball continue to climb, and such a deal for Trout would build on the growth this off-season, when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw signed a seven-year, $215 million extension that includes an opt-out after five years and $150 million.
From Mike Trout’s perspective, giving up only two years of free agency would be a benefit because he’d be eligible for another mega contract when he’s 28.