Report: Mike Trout contract extension now with Angels is unlikely
The Los Angeles Angels are not just worried about trying to win, they’re also concerned about the situation surrounding Mike Trout.
Their standout center fielder is signed through the 2020 season and set to become a free agent after that. Talking in the context of the Philadelphia Phillies’ plans, MLB reporter Jon Heyman said on Tuesday that the Phillies will make a big play for Trout when he becomes a free agent. He added a significant note in his tweet, saying an “extension now is unlikely” for Trout.
Regardless who they sign this winter, phillies will make a big play for mike trout in 2 years — provided he hasn’t signed an extension, of course. #LAAngels will try to extend Trout this winter, but while he likes it there, the whispers are that an extension now is unlikely.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2019
There was talk during last season that the Angels would try to sign Trout long term, so maybe there is no movement on that front.
You can’t really blame Trout.
The Angels have missed the playoffs four years in a row and have only reached them once in his career. They need to show a major turnaround to convince Trout to stay. Luckily they have some time to do that, though the clock is ticking.