Trout's Mega-Deal Could Impact Cubs Players' Future

Mike Trout is nearing a 12-year, $430-million deal with the Angels.

Bruce Levine
March 19, 2019 - 1:15 pm
Angels outfielder Mike Trout

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MESA, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- Star outfielder Mike Trout nearing a record 12-year, $430-million contract with the Angels sent shockwaves across MLB clubhouses Tuesday morning.

"He deserves every penny of it and more," Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said. "The guy has been the best player in baseball. He is probably one of the best baseball players ever. So I don't think there is anything to question about that deal. He obviously likes it in L.A., and he will now be there forever. That is pretty cool. I am happy for him."

For context, Arte Moreno bought the Angels for $182.5 million in 2003, meaning Trout's new individual contract is worth more than twice as much as that figure. 

"That is crazy that Mike Trout could buy that team now twice," Bryant said. "The game is going in the right direction. It is good to see it going this way. Everybody is making money at the end of the day. Honestly, I am getting tired of talking about this stuff. It is really boring. Let's just go play baseball."

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Trout became the second star in less than a month to agree to bypass future free agency and sign a long-term deal with his current team, as Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado reached an eight-year, $260-million deal in late February. Trout was on track to hit free agency after 2020, and his new deal that will be the largest in professional sports history could also impact the financial futures of several Cubs.

Bryant would be the most notable. He's set to hit free agency after 2021 (ahead of his age-30 season) and is expected to command a new contract worth hundreds of millions. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Kyle Hendricks are other core members who will likely engage in extension talks with the Cubs in the near future.

Rizzo's perspective included money signs.

"He is two years away from free agency, and he signs a record-breaking deal," Rizzo said of Trout. "He is obviously a record-breaking player. But you see the Nolan Arenado a year away from free agency deal as well. It is great they are not getting to free agency and still signing these deals. It's exciting.

"Everyone in here (with the Cubs) is two or three years away from free agency. You can't help think that it is oil money out there."

Bryant hasn't had extension talks with the Cubs this offseason but has been approached in the past. 

"Any time you can show loyalty to a team that drafted you and established all these relationships, any human being would want to do that (stay with original team)," Bryant said. "It is no secret everyone in this clubhouse loves playing in Chicago. We love everything about the organization. Everyone would want to finish their career with this team. That means me included."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.