Mike Trout's Days Numbered with Halos?

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Many have wondered how soon it will be before Angels sensation Mike Trout is in pinstripes. Because Major League Baseball would not be Major League Baseball if all the best players were not on the New York Yankees. As comedian (and damaged Red Sox fan) Bill Burr has put it, they may as well make Steinbrenner's son the commissioner.

Now comes a report Trout's days in Anaheim may be numbered. Uh-oh ...

The LA "By God" Times points out Trout, last year's Rookie of the Year and this year's possible Most Valuable Player (he finished second in voting for that last year as well), is awfully overdue for a contract extension with the Halos, but there is no sign one is forthcoming.

Arte Moreno, who has broken the banco with multi-year, multi-multi-million dollar contracts to the disappointing Albert Pujols and only slightly less disappointing Josh Hamilton ($17.4 million gets us a .245 batting average? Really!?!), renewed Trout's contract in March so he now gets $510,000, which is only $20,000 over the major league minimum.

That apparently stung Trout and his agent, as it's estimated he could easily fetch a $100 million contract and could push $200 million with a 10-year deal. Remember, he's only 22. Hell, he may have a couple 10-year deals in him.

His agent, Craig Landis, says there have been no discussions from the Angels about an extension. The team can dictate his pay through 2015, when he will be eligible for arbitration and should land a deal in the $10 million range. He'll become a free agent after 2017.

Local fans can only hope he looks ugly in pinstripes.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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Amy Kassel
Amy Kassel

If Trout doesn't stay-a lifelong Angel fan, supporter and money spender will never again set foot on Angel turf again. -Amy (Moreno) Kassel

Jennifer LoveMarque
Jennifer LoveMarque

Besides, hes a hottie, he belongs in Cali and most definitely the Ångels ~♡~

Jennifer LoveMarque
Jennifer LoveMarque

Hes an Ångel, if hes doing it solely for the money hes not our kind, a good player has values and skill and doesnt sacrifice one or the other at any point.

Jennifer LoveMarque
Jennifer LoveMarque

I would hope that Oc weekly would be pro Oc or else it should change its damn name!

Jennifer LoveMarque
Jennifer LoveMarque

Really now? Oc is the home of the Ångels, just in case u didn't know. And the dodgers aren't even californians, just in case u didn't know that either.

Guest
Guest

Trout will be out of that S**t stream faster than you can say "pujols-a-worthless-flojo".

Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez

Funny how people talk sh on Moreno and the Angels. Moreno did make moves, but didn't work out. Media and some fans alike jumping the bandwagon on talkin sh. on the Halos. Angels will try their best to keep Trout regardless.

Stephen Netherlain
Stephen Netherlain

I'm Trout's biggest fan, but this isn't an issue at all. This rag wants us to think it is, but that's it.

Linda Huerta
Linda Huerta

Pujols will be back. He's been a premier player throughout his career, but I don't think he'll be worth the contract. Every season his numbers will decline, while the payouts get larger. Unless the players is under 25, signing someone for 10 years is crazy.

Venusse Dominique
Venusse Dominique

It's about making Trout and his agent happy regardless of how many years he has left as an Angel. We want the man to actually want to stay.

Venusse Dominique
Venusse Dominique

Pujols has been out with plantar fasciitis. I saw him Monday and he was saying he has confidence he'll be back to start next season. We'll see.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

remember, these are the angels we're talking about. they're already stupid to begin with.

Linda Huerta
Linda Huerta

Not signing Trout now would be like a team suicide!! He is their *biggest* attraction!! Heck, I wish he were a Dodger!! Moreno sure pulled a boner signing older dudes for insane amounts of money. The contracts for Pujols and Hamilton were and are awful!! Dumb dumb dumb. I just read the other day that they didn't even start him in the last home game!!

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Cut Doyer fan some slack. They haven't been worth a damn in over 20 years. They're excited.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

OC Weekly is hardly "a Angels page".

Aron Muro
Aron Muro

I just don't wanna miss that HOT ass!

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Choking is usually a term for someone who had it in their hand and lost it, Don. The Angels haven't had it in a long time. But having the best 60 day stretch in recent memory and then going in the tank will definitely qualify the Doyers for "choke" status if they fail without making it to the WS.

Venusse Dominique
Venusse Dominique

I won't abandon the Angels, but there is truth to what you just wrote.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Get ready because it won't. Trout will demand back compensation for the years he was underpaid, astronomical but fair compensation for the future, and punitive damages for taking advantage of him. Arte will balk at that because he is a horrible owner and Trout will be gone. And this is reason enough for even "true" Angels fans to find another favorite team, which I will.

Aron Muro
Aron Muro

Fuuuck it lets hijack this post.. totally missed ultimate fighter last night

Paul Vaneske
Paul Vaneske

I know you don't Aron Muro. I was talking to everyone else.

Aron Muro
Aron Muro

Paul Vaneske I didn't read shit!

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

like your team choked in the regular season? take a seat.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

"keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer."

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

i hope he does leave, but plays for boston not new york. fuck the angels and their fans.

Paul Vaneske
Paul Vaneske

Did anybody read this article? He's not going anywhere for a minimum of 3 years. They absolutely should pay him, but with the ridiculous contacts he gave Albert and Hamilton and the luxury tax it might not be possible. 3 years to figure it out. Angel fans please back away from the ledge.

Robbie Caywood
Robbie Caywood

Doyer fans watching a Angels page. Bahahahahahahah

Venusse Dominique
Venusse Dominique

Nabil, take a seat. Dodgers fans coming out of the woodwork when they actually win.

Jesse Perez
Jesse Perez

You assume i meant send him to dodgers as good team lol but nah we got the outfield covered , I say send him with torii hunter to feel what postseason baseball is like

Heather McCoy
Heather McCoy

Arte sucks as an owner..... I trying to think of an old player on the decline he might sign for big money this off season but I can't think of any.

Nabil Nathie
Nabil Nathie

Aw Venusse that's a cute comment. Enjoy paying Pooholes till he's 60. Oh i mean, "45"

ted.mendez
ted.mendez

Stupid column by Coker. Read the Times' article and get a few details before posting crap like this. Trout is going to command a HUGE contract within the next two to three years when he's eligible so the Angels are making a simple and obvious business decision to pay him the going rate while they can. It's a no-brainer. Sorta' like this silly column, except it's smart.

Jesse Perez
Jesse Perez

Nope I've been Barking since i was a kid lol anyway better luck nxt year

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Can the lack of criticism of Arte Moreno in this story be attributed to the fact that he's Mexican, that only white people are fair targets at OC Weekly, or both?

Aron Muro
Aron Muro

He's been throwing shitloads of money everywhere else...so why wouldn't he

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Linda Huerta re: I wish he were a Dodger: insert tongue between teeth and bite down.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Aron Muro Whoa, I know ALL about UFC. Was Rampage on?

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Paul Vaneske But we're so used to being here.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Steve San Filipo Absolutely, my mom was Mexican. Oh, wait, that was the maid. Sorry.

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