The Los Angeles Angels are keeping Mike Trout. Shohei Ohtani, who is set to become a free agent, is out, but the Angels are adamant that they will not trade another pillar of their offense, Trout.
Angels general manager Perry Minassian made it clear at the team’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, on Jan. 6: “Mike Trout is not being traded. 100%.” This is a significant statement as it puts a definitive end to the recent rumors of a trade for Trout.굿모닝토토 도메인
According to US sports publication The Athletic, “It’s not a surprise. Trout has said he will remain with the Angels next year after the 2023 season. He holds a trade veto against 29 teams. Minasian said the team has no plans to move the three-time MVP. The reason this news is important to note is the “for sure” part. With this statement, Minasian dismissed vague and unsubstantiated trade rumors. The Angels have officially closed the door on trade talks,” he wrote.
Trout will turn 33 next year. This year, his 13th season with the Angels, he batted .263 with an OPS of .857, 18 home runs and 44 RBIs. He was named to his 11th All-Star team. His career numbers with the Angels include a .301 batting average, .994 OPS, 368 home runs, and 940 RBIs.
His awards are also impressive. He was the 2012 Rookie of the Year and a three-time MVP in 2014, 2016, and 2019. He’s also a nine-time Silver Slugger. He was named to the All-Star team for eight consecutive years from 2012 to 2019, and again for three consecutive years from 2021 to this year.
The best player in the league has only played fall ball once. Even with Trout, the Angels have failed to reach the postseason since the 2014 Division Series. This was true even after the addition of Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani is eligible for free agency and is seeking a mega-contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers have publicly stated that Ohtani is their top priority. The Dodgers have also been mentioned as a possible trade destination for Trout.
While a trade of Trout is an interesting rumor, it’s not likely to happen. He’s too big of a name for the Angels to part with. The other team would have to give up just as much, and the Angels would likely have to subsidize much of Trout’s expensive salary.
“Reaffirming how difficult it would be to trade Trout,” the Athletic wrote, “he is due $37 million per year for the next seven years. The last three years have been injury-plagued incomplete seasons (237 of 486 games in three years). His productivity at the plate has been on the decline.”
“The value of Trout to contending teams is not the same as it was when he signed his 2019 extension. Even if the Angels trade Trout, they’ll have to match or match a significant amount of money. It’s an expensive contract.”