What would it take to get Mike Trout out of LA and on the Phillies
Trading Mike Trout is something that would rock the baseball world, and Phillies fans are all about the idea of acquiring the Millville native, a passionate Philadelphia sports fan.
Already among the all-time greats just 27-years-old, Trout would command the biggest haul perhaps not just baseball history, but in the history of American sports.
In his first eight years he’s won Rookie of the Year, two MVPs, five Silver Sluggers, seven All-Stars, and two All-Star MVPs. His 62.3 WAR is better than Hall of Famers Mike Piazza, Yogi Berra, Harmon Killebrew, as well as future Hall of Famers and legends David Ortiz, Ichiro, and Joe Mauer.
He’s passed 200 home runs, 600 RIB and 1100 hits in just over 1,000 career games, and he’s projected to be an all-time great when it’s all said and done.
However, the Angels have made the playoffs once in Trout’s eight seasons and their projectory is not favorable despite multiple additions last offseason. Trout has two years remaining on his contract worth over $34 million per year, so he’s under control for the time being.
The Orioles flopped on trading Manny Machado without a deal beyond this year and getting only a fraction what they would have last year. Washington appears to have done the same by not trading Bryce Harper in the final year of his contract this year.
Many believe it’s time for the Angels to trade Trout to the highest bidder while his value is at an all-time high with controllability set through the 2020 season at age 28.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required) provided this theoretical trade conjured up by a major league executive in his overview of the Trout situation in Los Angeles.
The exec proposed the following package from the Braves: Outfielder Ender Inciarte and left-hander Sean Newcomb plus the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 7 prospects, according to MLBPipeline.com, from a talent-rich system: right-handers Kyle Wright and Ian Anderson, third baseman Austin Riley and righty Touki Toussaint. Sounds like a lot? Of course it’s a lot — the Braves would be getting Mike Trout.
With that being said, what would a Phillies trade package for Mike Trout look like?