Winter is coming. The Angels will soon enter into a crucial off-season where they need to revamp their roster in a hurry so that they can contend for the World Series in 2014. They've got several roster holes to fill and limited money and prospect resources with which to fill them. But they also have one other very important item to tick off of their agenda: signing Mike Trout to a long-term contract extension.
Or at least they better figure out a way to sign him long-term or that metaphorical winter will come four years from now and last for a very long, very cold time. The problem is that Trout is not your typical pre-arbitration case due to the fact that he is the most amazing player ever. There will be no tempting him with the promise of guaranteed riches in exchange for granting the team a substantial discount over the life of the contract including the forfeiture of free agent seasons. Basically, Trout is a unique and special unicorn. The rules of negotiating pre-arbitration extensions don't apply to him because he and his his agent know that all he has to do is not get hurt and he will spend three years setting arbitration award records before hitting free agency at age 26 where he will get paid all of the money.
Maybe Trout won't be motivated by that potential windfall and will happily settle for whatever the Angels offer, but maybe he won't. As we saw with Zack Greinke this last off-season, some players embrace the mercenary nature of the sport and just want as much money as they can possibly make. If Trout falls into that latter bucket, Arte Moreno and whichever puppet he allows to serve as GM are going to have to dig deep into their bag of tricks to prevent Trout from testing free agent waters at the earliest possible opportunity.no comments