As Teddy KGB once said, "give that man his money." That statement very much applies to Mike Trout right now, well, expect for the "man" part since Trout is but 20 years old. But should the man-child get his money? Absolutely.
While the Angels promoted Trout to the majors less than a month ago, the uber-prospect has lived up to his lofty billing and then some. He's hitting .315, giving the team a legit leadoff man for the first time in years with a .382 OBP and six steals and he has shown a surprising amount of power. With a 1.4 fWAR, trailing only Jered Weaver on the team, Trout is probably the team's best player.
What does that mean other than small sample sizes are so much fun? It means that the Angels would be well-advised to act fast and secure Trout and his cost levels.
The idea of signing a rookie to a long-term contract before the end of his first season is hardly new one. The Tampa Bay Rays pretty much set the standard for this tactic with the deal they inked Evan Longoria to. For those who don't know, Longoria signed a contract that guaranteed him $17.5 million for his pre-free agency years with club options for his first three years of free agency eligibility that could push the contract's total value to $47.5 million. That contract is ridiculously team-friendly for a player of Longoria's caliber and, well golly, it sure would be swell if Trout would help the Angels out by signing a similar pact.