Jeff Passan sent out a tweet at 10:14 AM EST on a Tuesday afternoon in March, that stated Mike Trout and the Angels had agreed to a massive 12-year 430-million-dollar contract extension. Trout’s new contract became the biggest in professional sports history. There were a few reports of the Angels and Trout discussing contract extensions, but nothing really seemed to form until today. Let’s breakdown the contract and I’ll try to answer a few questions along the way.
Preview: The Orioles seem to be pretty clearly the worst team in the AL East and possibly the worst team in the entire league. They have glaring weaknesses at a multitude of positions; most noticeably including 1B, 3B, and CF. The lineup lacks a little bit of everything. Pitching-wise, the starting rotation looks like it could be a problem as it has been for Baltimore for quite some time now. RHP Dylan Bundy, who is taking on the ‘Ace’ role, could be a bright spot as a 26 year old who has shown potential to be a quality starting pitcher in this league. However, Bundy does present questions as he posted a 5.45 ERA with a W-L record of 8-16 over 171.2 IP in 2018. The bullpen could also be a problem for Baltimore after losing three key relievers– Brad Brach, Darren O’Day, and Zach Britton –since the beginning of last season. A couple of players to watch out for this season are 24 year old SS Richie Martin who is a former first-round pick, and 25 year old SP David Hess.