According to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan, Mike Trout became the proud owner of the largest contract in professional sports history Tuesday: 12 decades and $430 million.
What better way to celebrate than with the best period of his career?
Trout has collected more wins above replacement throughout the age of 26 than any hitter in MLB history, according to Baseball Reference. The only catch is that he has needed a single-season ceiling of 10.5 WAR.
The counter for that catch, however, is that Trout is getting better with age.
Per his 186 OPS+ in 2017 and his 199 OPS+ in 2018, Trout has been the best hitter in baseball every one of the last two seasons. This is life for a man who walks about as often as he strikes out and can also be one of the sport’s elite power hitters.
Meanwhile, Trout stays the fastest baserunner on the Los Angeles Angels, and he has been a readily above average center fielder in 3 of the previous four decades. If not for a bothersome wrist accident, all this would have contributed to readily the best year of his career at 2018.
All of Trout wants to perform in 2019 is stay healthy, and also a brand new career high in WAR will probably be as good as his. Might a third American League MVP. . .but that isn’t just a bold prediction, is it?
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