Based on 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 using the best season of his career?
Trout has collected more wins over replacement through the age of 26 than any hitter in MLB history, according to Baseball Reference. The only catch is that he’s needed a single-season ceiling of 10.5 WAR.
The counter for that catch, however, is that Trout is becoming 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 previous two seasons. Such is life for a man who walks as frequently as he strikes and can also be one of the game’s elite power hitters.
Meanwhile, Trout is still the fastest baserunner on the Los Angeles Angels, and he’s been a readily over average center fielder in three of the previous four years. Otherwise for a bothersome wrist accident, all this could have led to readily the best year of his career in 2018.
All of Trout really needs to perform in 2019 is remain healthy, and also a brand new career full of WAR will be as great as his. Might a third American League MVP. . .but that isn’t exactly a daring prediction, can it be?
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