According to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan, Mike Trout became the proud owner of the most significant contract in professional sports history Tuesday: 12 decades and $430 million.
What better way to celebrate than using the best period of his career?
Trout has collected more wins above replacement throughout the age of 26 than any hitter in MLB history, based on Baseball Reference. The only real catch is that he’s had a single-season ceiling of 10.5 WAR.
The counter for this catch, however, is that Trout is becoming better with age.
Per his 186 OPS+ in 2017 and his 199 OPS+ in 2018, Trout has become the best hitter in baseball each of the last two seasons. Such is life for a man who walks about as often as he strikes out and is also among the game’s elite power hitters.
Meanwhile, Trout stays the fastest baserunner in the Los Angeles Angels, and he has been an easily over average center fielder in three of their last four decades. If not for a bothersome wrist accident, this could have contributed to readily the best year of his career at 2018.
All of Trout wants to perform in 2019 is stay healthy, and a brand new career full of WAR will be as great as his. So might a third American League MVP. . .but that isn’t exactly a bold prediction, is it?
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