Don’t Do It, Mike.

Last week, the Angels agreed to give Mike Trout a $1 million salary for 2014, a record amount for a player with absolutely no leverage. This agreement was quite likely part of ongoing negotiations for a long term deal that will keep Trout in Anaheim beyond the final four years that the Angels control his rights. According to various reports, it is quite likely that Trout will sign a new contract within the next month that will not only guarantee him his arbitration salaries in advance, but will also keep him in southern California for three or four years where would have otherwise been eligible for free agency.

The rumored price tag to keep Trout in Anaheim has ranged between $140 and $170 million, which is certainly a life changing amount of money. That kind of contract not only ensures his own financial security, but likely the financial future of several generations of Trout’s still to come. It’s the kind of guaranteed money that seems nearly impossible to turn down, because after all, after the first $100 million, who is really counting anyway?

But Mike Trout has already proven he can do things that no other human being on earth can do. For his next spectacular accomplishment, he should walk away from the $150 million or so that few of us can imagine turning down. Even with life changing money on the table, Mike Trout should tell the Angels that he’d rather go year to year instead.

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5 Responses to “Don’t Do It, Mike.”

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  1. awalnoha says:

    Unless he is killed by a drunk driver etc… I am sure this is something he has to consider for his family.

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  2. bkertz says:

    While I understand the premise, don’t get greedy. As you said, it is life changing money. Take it. Perhaps it is conservative and he could earn millions more depending on how he plays his cards, but why risk it?

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  3. Matty Brown says:

    I, for one, do agree with your numerous arguments on this subject. However, I also know that a young man in his situation cannot and will not refuse $150 million plus.

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  4. tonis48 says:

    a concept i have heard of, but know nothing about, but dont players take out insurance on their bodies? can trout mitigate some risk by doing that too?

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  5. Bertie says:

    I think he has to take the money. Life is unpredictable and $150m is one hell of an insurance policy. And at the end of it he will still be young enough for another huge contract as a free agent.

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