FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2012, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout smiles after scoring against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game in Seattle. Trout unanimously won the American League Rookie of the Year Monday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
There basically two schools of thought in baseball right now regarding who the best player in the AL is. There's two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, and then there's two-time defending AL MVP runner-up Mike Trout.
For the record, give me Trout. Sorry, Rangers fans, I know he plays for your hated rival, but Trout does it all and is a once-a-generation player, while Cabrera hits the hell out of the baseball, but doesn't do much else.
Now, Trout could be nearing a deal that would pay him like one of the game's top players, but still not enough compartively speaking. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are reportedly discussing an extension to buy out his arbitration years that would make him a free agent at age 28, when he could without a doubt command a deal north of $300 million.
The reported six-year, $150 million deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and has been brushed aside by "no comments" from both sides, but it makes sense considering the incredible bargain Trout has given the Angels over the past two seasons as the most transcendent, five-tool player in the game.
According to MLB.com, Angels owner Arte Moreno has gone on record saying the two sides are in "active discussions," however. Trout made $510,000 last year, when he put up a .323/.432/.557 slash, led the league in walks and runs scored, and hit 27 homers with 97 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. Meanwhile, his two vastly overpaid teammates, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, had career-worst seasons and Pujols managed to play in just 99 games.