Does Shohei Ohtani move help the Angels keep Mike Trout long term?

first_img Miller: Shohei Ohtani brings a bat, an arm and much more to suddenly blessed Angels The idea that the Angels’ best path back to contention starts with trading Trout for a boatload of prospects is out the window. Ohtani is a significant addition to the core around Trout, which the club had been quietly supplementing even before this move.The Angels now have control of Ohtani for at least six years, while Trout has three years left on his contract. Last month, the Angels also renegotiated Justin Upton’s deal to keep him for the next five seasons.They also have Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun – both in their prime – signed through 2020 and 2019, respectively. Starting pitchers Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, JC Ramirez and Parker Bridwell are also under control for multiple years.The only significant players whose contracts expire after 2018 are Garrett Richards and catcher Martin Maldonado.All of that means the Angels have a core of young players to surround Trout and Albert Pujols, a former star who the Angels hope can regain his form in the remaining four years of his deal. It may be time to retire the phrase “wasting Mike Trout.”For the past couple seasons, as the Angels have languished while their superstar has continued to prove he’s best player in the world, many around the game have lamented Trout’s absence from the playoffs.While the Shohei Ohtani agreement certainly doesn’t put the Angels in the playoffs – he remains unproven, and they have other holes to fill – it at least puts to rest the suggestion that the Angels are hopeless.Related Articles Japanese media brace for Shohei Ohtani arrival with Angels after experiencing Ichiro madness Combine that with a farm system that got a boost this week with the addition of two former Atlanta Braves prospects who were recently granted free agency, and the Angels figure to be heading in the right direction as they try to capitalize on Trout.A two-time MVP in his six years in the majors, Trout has been to the playoffs just once, for a three-game cameo when the Angels were swept by Kansas City in 2014. Each of the past two seasons, they had a losing record, mostly because of a pitching staff ravaged by injuries.The failures haven’t simply disappointed fans, but have prompted many to worry that Trout would be reluctant to stay with the Angels long-term.The $144.5 million deal Trout signed just before the 2014 season runs through 2020, ending when Trout will be 29 years old. Assuming he continues play as he has, he would no doubt be in line for the largest contract in baseball history. By some estimates, he could get a $400-million, 10-year deal.If the Angels are to keep him beyond 2020, the best plan would be to sign him to an extension before he even reaches free agency. That would certainly be largely about money, but also about proving to Trout that they can win.Trout, who had FaceTimed with Ohtani this week to try to recruit him, took note of the move quickly after news broke on Friday. He took a moment from the festivities of his wedding weekend to tweet an eyes emoji. Richards, who was with Trout preparing for the wedding, said via text he and his teammates were all “excited, to say the least,” about the news.The Angels clearly took a step toward the playoffs, and to keeping their superstar happy.center_img Shohei Ohtani’s career in Japan: Inside the numbers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Japanese star Shohei Ohtani chooses Angels over 6 other MLB teams, including Dodgers Dodgers’ bid for Shohei Ohtani falls short last_img

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