Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been around baseball at the highest levels for the past quarter-century. Heâs played. Heâs been a broadcaster. Heâs coached and heâs managed. And, in his mind, there isnât a doubt where Angels outfielder Mike Trout , the soon-to-be recipient of the largest contract in major-league history , stands in the player hierarchy.
“The best player I ever played against was Barry Bonds and I think that with his ability to play center field, [Trout is] in that conversation,” Roberts said. “And itâs a conversation of two, for me. I havenât seen a player as well-rounded. Now you bake in what he does off the field, I canât recall a player that has impacted or continues to impact the game more than Mike.”
Advertisement Trout, 27, and the Angels are close to agreeing to add 10 years and $360 million to the two years remaining on his current contract, making the pact a 12-year, $426.5-million accord. It smashes the major league record Bryce Harper set when he signed a 13-year, $330-million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies last month. And with good reason: Trout, a seven-time all-star and two-time MVP, has been the superior player. Roberts has had a good seat to witness Troutâs prowess a few times a year during interleague games the past three seasons.
Mike Trout deserves his huge new contract, and Angels deserve applause for getting it done By Bill Plaschke Mar 19, 2019 | 11:10 AM “When I learned of the deal, my first thought was itâs a great thing for Mike and for baseball,” Roberts said. “He is a once-in-a-generation-type player who does things the right way and heâs great for our game. It just shows baseball is in a very good place right now.”
A New Jersey native and devoted Philadelphia sports fan, Trout was assumed to be interested in joining the Phillies after the 2020 season. Harper openly vouched for that, declaring he would recruit Trout as soon as he had the chance.
Trout, however, is staying put. He is the second superstar to sign a long-term deal with a Southern California team, joining Manny Machado, who landed a 10-year, $300-million contract last month with the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers, who offered Harper a short-term deal that wouldâve given him the highest average annual salary in baseball history, are the only one of the regionâs three teams to not lure a premier talent.
“When you look at the East Coast and you see the players that they have, the stars there, to keep Mike on the West Coast as the East Coast guy that he is is great,” Roberts said. “For him now to play his entire career as an Angel, I think that obviously means something to him and the Angels, so Iâm happy for him. Heâs all thatâs good about the game.”
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