Report: Angels will try to sign Mike Trout to lifetime deal
Mike Trout is set to hit free agency after the 2020 season, but the Los Angeles Angels will attempt to change that.
Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Angels are expected to approach Trout about a contract extension this offseason. Heyman notes that many agents recommend waiting until Manny Machado and Bryce Harper sign their free agent deals before Trout acts, that way the market gets set.
The Angels have only made the postseason once since he joined the club in 2011. They have not won any playoff games during that span. The lack of postseason appearances have come at a time when Trout has stood out as the best player in the game, and is an indictment of the Angels’ ownership and front office.
Interestingly, Heyman reported last year that Trout had approached the Angels about a lifetime deal before the sides agreed on his current six-year contract, but Angels owner Arte Moreno turned it down. Now Heyman is saying it was the Angels who approached Trout. It’s unclear whether Heyman confused the details of his 2017 report or if he got the facts of last year’s story wrong.
At this point, Trout has all the leverage. He is the star, he is young, and he will be coveted on the market.
Meanwhile, the Angels have failed to build a competent team around him for nearly a decade, and that does not appear to be changing in 2019 with Shohei Ohtani, Blake Wood and Keynan Middleton all out with Tommy John surgery. Time for the Angels to show Trout they can be competitive with him is running out.