Angels Extend Mike Trout Through 2020

The Angels signed Mike Trout to a six-year $144.5 million contract extension that will keep him in Los Angeles and Anaheim through 2020. It's not exactly Miguel Cabrera money, but Trout now has a long term, multi-million dollar deal that lasts into his year 29 season. Trout will then become a free agent and still be… » 3/29/14 1:30pm 3/29/14 1:30pm

MLBers Say Mike Trout Is The Best—But Not Worth A Historic Contract?

The new ESPN The Magazine has an anonymous survey of 143 current MLB players, and 56 percent of them peg Mike Trout as the best player in the majors. Miguel Cabrera got 26 percent of the vote, and Clayton Kershaw got six percent. But they don't think he's that much more valuable, which isn't exactly a new development,… » 3/24/14 4:07pm 3/24/14 4:07pm

The Angels Are Going To Screw Up Mike Trout's Contract

Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports that the Angels and Mike Trout are in talks on a contract extension that would lock up the 22-year-old superstar for six years and around $150 million. This is an eminently reasonable number; it just makes no sense for the Angels. » 2/24/14 3:49pm 2/24/14 3:49pm

Mike Trout Has Finally Broken Baseball's Math

For the past few years, Mike Trout has been the biggest steal in sports. He's had two otherworldly seasons, and he's only 22. So on the surface, news that the Angels are trying to lock him up to a six-year deal worth about $150 million makes sense. But it's actually remarkable for how much sense it makes. » 2/24/14 2:32pm 2/24/14 2:32pm

The Baseball Writers' New VP Pulled The Ol' Switcheroo With His American …

On September 30, LaVelle E. Neal III, the Twins beat writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, wrote an impassioned summation of why Angels super-rookie Mike Trout should be considered the clear favorite for American League MVP. It's short, but it's actually a good, quick defense against the old-school, RBI-enamored… » 11/15/12 9:30pm 11/15/12 9:30pm

Eat It, Nerds: Miguel Cabrera Won The American League MVP, And It…

Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers' big third baseman, hit for the triple crown—.330 batting average, 44 home runs, 139 RBI—in 2012. His triple crown was baseball's first since Carl Yastrzemski's in 1967. Impressive! But it probably wasn't the league's best offensive season, and it assuredly wasn't its best overall… » 11/15/12 7:09pm 11/15/12 7:09pm

Did Mike Trout Lose The Gold Glove Because His Corner Outfielders Were …

The Gold Gloves were handed out this week, and without Derek Jeter as a finalist, we were prepared for a controversy-free awards. We were wrong. Mike Trout, the statistical darling who’s totally going to lose the MVP to Miguel Cabrera, couldn’t even get named his league’s best center fielder, losing out to Baltimore’s… » 11/01/12 1:53pm 11/01/12 1:53pm

Let's Admire Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown, Before We Put The Triple…

Last night, Miguel Cabrera became the first player since 1967 to win the triple crown: .330 batting average, 44 home runs, 139 RBIs. For a lot of baseball fans, however, the accomplishment didn't mean a whole lot. In those 45 years without a triple crown winner, baseball analysis has gotten much more sophisticated and … » 10/04/12 3:05pm 10/04/12 3:05pm