Mike Trout's Now the Angels' $430million Big Fish
A new report was released recently showing participation in baseball at all levels is up 21% over the last four years.
Maybe more kids are noticing the guaranteed salaries being handed out these days.
Then again, maybe because the game -- like most sports -- is just fun.
That's right. Trout's deal made headlines on the business channels.
And why wouldn't he be?
What's more, everybody likes Mike Trout. He's baseball's Beaver Cleaver.
There's absolutely no doubt about his numbers.
Damn near all of them are stratospheric:
As to the Halos' Albert Pujols deal being a cautionary tale, Trout's just reaching his prime instead of being past his salad days. And who knows? Dude's prime may extend to his mid-30s at the least.
His WAR projections through the course of his contract are staggering:
Here's the contract valuation for Mike Trout's 12-year, $430 million extension with the Angels. If he's worth more than 44.5 WAR from 2021 to 2032, this contract is a win for Los Angeles. You have to believe that he will easily reach that total. pic.twitter.com/wM1QDVI44R— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) March 19, 2019
Now, all the reasons that persuaded Trout to jump now and rule out the promise of riches and kingdoms from his home-area Phillies or the cash-spinning Yankees have got to happen.
As a result, dude may have the richest contract in the history of North American sport, but his off-field revenues just aren't there.
Then again, with the deal he's got, it's as if he'd ever notice.