Was Mike Trout’s Contract Worth It?

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Was Mike Trout’s Contract Worth It?

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     During the 2019 off-season, Mike Trout agreed to a contract with the Angels once again.  The contract was worth $430 million dollar for Trout staying with the Angels for 12 more years.  This would go down as MLB’s first $400 million dollar contract, and MLB’s largest contract ever. Mikes insane contract would pay him $36 million per season.  


Game played –    $222 thousand dollars
At-bat –              $61 thousand dollars
Hit –                         $199 thousand dollars
Homerun –            $973 thousand dollars
Run batted in –    $364 thousand dollars
Stolen base –     $1.2 million dollars
Month    –                     $3 million dollars
Week    –                     $692 thousand dollars
Day –                        $98.6 thousand dollars
Hour –                       $4.1 thousand dollars
Minute –                    $68

Second –                  $1.13


    Was it really worth it for the Angels to draft Mike Trout?  The answer is both yes and no. Looking at Mike Trout’s contract alone it was a bargain to lock in Mike Trout for 12 years, spending only $430 million dollars.  His WAR is projected to be 8.9 in 2021, 8.3 in 2022, 7.5 in 2023, 7.3 in 2024, 6.9 in 2025, 7.0 in 2026, and 7.0 in 2027. He is also projected to be the MVP for the next 5 years.  Many sources also believe that he may have been worth billions of dollars, creating Mike Trout’s contract a steal.


   Although it may have been a complete bargain to purchase Mike Trout, it wasn’t very worth it looking at the team as a whole.  The current (at the time of this article being written) record for the Angels is 16/20, placing them at last in the AL West. Instead of purchasing the two time MVP, the Angels could have taken their money and invested it into much cheaper players that could have impacted the team for a better price.  


    Overall, Mike Trout’s was worth it looking at the contract alone, but if you view the team’s performance, than the purchase was not best choice.    With the Angels being last in the AL West, the Angels could have spent the money on other players that improve the team for a better price.