The Los Angeles Angels have contacted MLB about a tampering grievance involving Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, according to a report.
Ever since signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper has made clear his intentions to recruit Trout. During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper implied he would recruit Trout when the time came.
Then during a radio interview on Tuesday, Harper stated clearly that he would be recruiting Trout in 2020.
That’s a problem for the Angels, who have Trout under contract for two more seasons and are aiming to re-sign him.
MLB rules state that players cannot entice other players to join their team while they are still under contract. The Angels don’t want Harper or anyone else messing with their star player’s head and making him think it would be better to play elsewhere.
Of course, the easiest way for the Angels to combat this would be to convince Trout to re-sign by winning. Still, MLB can take a stand here with some sort of discipline for Harper.
Bryce Harper has some grand visions of the talent he’s going to recruit to play with him on the Philadelphia Phillies.
During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper discussed how he hoped his salary would be low enough to ensure that the organization could recruit other top talent to the organization — including one player whose contract is up in two years.
Harper is alluding to Mike Trout, who will become a free agent after the 2020 season on his current deal. Talk about Trout’s contract situation with the Los Angeles Angels has already escalated since Harper’s signing amid chatter that the Phillies might have some money left in the bank to bring in a star of Trout’s caliber.
Trout is from the Philadelphia area and the prospect of him and Harper playing together is tantalizing. It’s far too soon to be a realistic proposition, but Harper seems ready and willing to recruit when the time comes. He was, after all, the one who brought it up unprompted.
Mike Trout said Friday that he is more focused on spring training and the upcoming season than any potential contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean the star outfielder is ruling out signing an extension before next year.
Trout told reporters that he would prefer not to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season, which led many to conclude that next offseason is the Angels’ only chance to sign him to a new deal before he hits free agency following the 2020 season.
However, Trout later clarified that he was not trying to place parameters on any potential discussions with the team.
Trout also said he “didn’t mean that” when asked if he is opposed to working out a new deal during spring training or the season.
“It’s spring training,” Trout said, via Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. “You try to get ready for the season. You don’t worry about anything else. That’s the mindset right now.”
Judging by what Angels owner Arte Moreno said recently, Trout hasn’t had to worry about any of that yet. Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies likely sets the market for Trout, and it will be interesting to see if the Angels are willing to make that type of commitment to the perennial MVP candidate.
The Los Angeles Angels have two years left of Mike Trout before he and the organization both have big decisions to make.
Trout is the best player in baseball and very much in his prime, but as of now, owner Arte Moreno says the two sides have not formally discussed extending his contract past the 2020 season.
Trout will be 29 when his contract expires, and if he hit the open market, there would be a lot of interest. Some other fans have already started to recruit him. Of course, Trout likely wants to win, and the fact is the Angels haven’t come close to being a consistent contender while he’s been there, nor do they look close to becoming one now.
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.