Trade Mike Trout? Not so fast

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Updated: November 20, 2016

It is that time of year again, near the winter meetings when all of the baseball writers of America begin to create random trade proposals in order to gain views for their respective sites. The one that is always guaranteed to get a large amount of views, is anything having to do with arguably the best player in baseball right now, Mike Trout. So far this off-season we have heard that “the Yankees are gearing up to trade for Trout.”

Let’s look at the actual contract of Mike Trout shall we? In 2014, Trout signed a contract that was for 6 years at 144.5 million dollars.  That contract, says that he is unable to become a free agent, until he is 29 years of age (he is currently 25). The other section of that contract has something that is called a full no trade clause.

A full no trade clause is a contractual clause that allows players to veto trades to certain teams. This is something that was put into the contract specifically for Mike Trout in order for him to be able to have the freedom to decide if he wants to be traded.

In a pregame interview, on June 7, 2016, before the Angels played the Phillies, Trout stated, “”I like Anaheim. I like this team. I’m not thinking about anything like that. I’m just trying to help this team put some wins together.”

So that confirms that he would not submit to a trade. How about management shopping Trout?

Before the same game, Angels GM Billy Eppler, stated, “You don’t move superstar players.” Which honestly makes sense, because if you are looking at this as a business, the first way that teams make money, is ticket sales.

When you have a player like Mike Trout, who will bring in fans from all around the country, and on top of that you are right down the street from one of the most successful tourism destinations of all time. (Disney Land) Why would you trade away a Mickey Mantle caliber player, purely based off the “chance” that you may make some noise in October.

It makes no sense, it sounds like trading a 2017 Ford Mustang, for several mid 90s mustangs, sure they may have some potential, but will it ever equal the 2017? Chances are probably not.

 

 

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