The MLB offseason has been heavy on rumors but slow on major signings, which has made for a pretty strange environment for a lot of top players.
That includes Mike Trout, who is from near Philadelphia. The Phillies were and still are expected to be active in the market this offseason, and with Trout’s ties to the area, some fans started to dream a bit too enthusiastically.
Some fans back home probably hoped Trout had some inside information. Sorry, folks.
It’s worth a reminder that Trout is signed through 2020, so he likely won’t be leaving the Los Angeles Angels before then. It certainly sounds plausible that Philadelphia could be a player at that point, but it’s a ways off.
Mike Trout is one of the greatest baseball players to ever come out of the state of New Jersey, and you might assume his high school has retired his number now that he has been terrorizing MLB pitchers for the past seven years. However, that is not the way the star outfielder wants it.
Rather than retiring his No. 1 jersey, Millville High School’s coaching staff has been awarding the jersey to one deserving senior each year. The tradition continued on Thursday night with Trout paying a visit to his old school.
Trout got the idea from East Carolina University, which is where he committed to playing prior to being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels and turning pro. East Carolina awards its No. 15 jersey to one senior each season in honor of a late coach. Millville coach Roy Hallenbeck explained a few years back what it takes to earn the No. 1 jersey with the Thunderbolts.
“It’s more than just who’s the best player,” Hallenbeck said in 2015. “It’s who do (the coaches) feel represents the message we’ve been sending. Who buys into this program and who should be rewarded for that their senior year? So far, it’s worked out really well.”
Trout has found some creative ways to inspire high schoolers over the years, and choosing not to have his No. 1 jersey retired is certainly one of them. Being able to wear the number worn by a guy who set a New Jersey state record with 18 home runs is quite the honor.
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.
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.
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.
The future is a little dim for the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean they’re about to drop everything and trade franchise player Mike Trout.
The Angels announced on Wednesday that they are recommending Tommy John surgery for two-way star Shohei Ohtani. The surgery would take Ohtani out as a pitcher for all of next season, though it’s uncertain whether he would be able to hit while recovering as a pitcher. That means the Angels’ best chance of contending for a playoff spot might not come until 2020, which is Trout’s last year under contract with the Angels.
In addition to Ohtani (who has not officially decided yet whether he will undergo the procedure), Blake Wood and Keynan Middleton (as well as free agent-to-be Garrett Richards) are also expected to miss the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Given all those injuries, it’s hard to see the Angels contending next year. Rebuilding might make some sense, but GM Billy Eppler made clear on Wednesday that the team will not trade Trout.
That’s the right thing for Eppler to say, and he better stand by it.
Trout is a future Hall of Famer whom the Angels should try to keep as long as possible. They should try to re-sign him rather than push him out the door with a trade. It’s unfortunate that the front office has mismanaged the team so badly during Trout’s prime, but trading Trout while he’s still in MVP form would be unforgivable.
Mike Trout is using Players Weekend in MLB as an opportunity to honor his late brother-in-law.
Trout has missed the past week of action due to a personal matter, which was later revealed to be the death of Aaron Cox, his brother-in-law.
On Thursday, Trout posted a tribute to Cox on Instagram:
Trout is continuing to honor Cox. Players get to pick what they want written on the back of their jerseys during “Players Weekend,” so Trout has elected to have “A. COX” on his back in honor of Aaron.
Friday marked Trout’s return to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup after missing time due to a wrist injury and then the unfortunate death. Cox was a 19th-round pick by the Angels in 2015. He was 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA during his minor league career.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is still a little ways away from returning to action.
According to Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com, Trout is not expected to return to the Angels until their next homestand, which does not begin until Friday.
In other words, that’s roughly another week — at least — for Trout to remain sidelined with a troublesome wrist. He has also been away from the team after the death of his brother-in-law, which may have been a factor in why he wasn’t activated when eligible on Thursday.
Trout is hitting .309 with 30 home runs. He was having another MVP-caliber season this year, but the month out and the Angels’ lack of playoff contention will probably keep him from winning the award.
Mike Trout may not be ready to return to the Los Angeles Angels when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday.
Trout is away from the team due to a family matter, and the team is not sure if he’ll be ready to play on Thursday.
Trout has not played since Aug. 1 due to a wrist injury. He had a cortisone shot last week which supposedly led to some improvement, though the Angels retroactively placed him on the DL.
The 27-year-old MVP candidate is batting .309 with a 1.083 OPS this season.
As we head towards the final month of the regular season, the pennant races in baseball are heating up, and so are the awards races. The MVP races in both leagues are looking very intriguing as we get into crunch time.
In the American League, there are several worthy candidates, though two teams are heavily represented. The National League race is even more wide open, with no clear standouts — a factor that could open the door to a pitcher winning the award for the first time since 2014.
Here’s a look at the top five MVP candidates in both the American and National League.
5) Francisco Lindor, Indians
Lindor finished fifth in last year’s voting and he’s having an even better season than he did last year. Hitting just shy of .300 and with his second consecutive 30-home run season in sight, the Cleveland shortstop’s candidacy will be bolstered not just by his offensive numbers, but because he plays quality defense at one of the most important positions on the field. Despite this, he’s viewed as a longshot, as his offensive numbers lag behind those of his key competitors.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed Mike Trout on the disabled list due to his wrist injury.
Trout has not played since Aug. 1 due to his wrist and had a cortisone injection on Monday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said during the week that Trout was improving and could be back in the lineup by Friday, but obviously that changed.
The Angels said that Trout is being placed on the DL retroactive to the 6th.
The Angels were reluctant to place him on the DL initially for good reason — you don’t want to miss any more games of him than you have to. Eric Young Jr. has been playing center field for the .500 Angels.