According to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan, Mike Trout became the proud owner of the most significant contract in professional sports history Tuesday: 12 years and $430 million.
What better way to celebrate than using the best period of his career?
Trout has already collected more wins above replacement through the age of 26 than any hitter in MLB history, according to Baseball Reference. The only real catch is that he has needed a single-season ceiling of 10.5 WAR.
The counter for that catch, however, is that Trout is becoming better with age.
Per his 186 OPS+ in 2017 and his 199 OPS+ in 2018, Trout has been the best hitter in baseball every one of the previous two seasons. Such is life for a man who walks as often as he strikes and is also one of the sport’s elite power hitters.
Meanwhile, Trout stays the fastest baserunner on the Los Angeles Angels, and he’s been an easily above average center fielder in 3 of their last four years. If not for a bothersome wrist injury, this could have led to easily the best year of his career at 2018.
All Trout really needs to do in 2019 is remain healthy, and a new career full of WAR will be as great as his. Could a third American League MVP. . .but that’s not just a bold prediction, can it be?
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