Yes you read that correctly. The Angels need to trade Mike Trout, arguably the best overall player in baseball, as soon as possible. But why would they do that? What kind of crazy sports blogger thinks that trading the best player on the planet would make a team better? Well bare with me folks, because by the end of this article you will hopefully agree with me. Let's get started.
Mike Trout's career numbers are a .306 batting average, 168 home runs, 497 RBI's, 143 stolen bases, a .405 on base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage to go with .969 fielding percentage, according to ESPN. He is only 25 years old and has been in the MVP conversation every single year since 2012, his first season he played over 100 games in the MLB. Since that time, according to the official website of the team, the Angels have had a record of 424-386, with only one appearance in the playoffs where they were swept by the Kansas City Royals in the divisional series.
Despite the team acquiring Albert Pujols in 2012 and Josh Hamilton in 2013, the playoffs have still been almost a dream in Anaheim. They have tried to build around Trout and it hasn't worked. This team is full of mediocre, at best, or over the hill ballplayers that used to be noticeable names. 1 playoff appearance in 5 years screams for a rebuild. The Angels need to get younger, and they need to find a way to acquire top prospects.
According to MLB's list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, not one member of the Los Angeles Angels farm system has a place on it. Their farm system is weak and the team is aging. If Los Angeles announces that Mike Trout is on the trading block, they could seemingly name their price. 2 years ago, Trout signed a 6-year, $144.5 million extension. This year, Trout made just over $6 million, a price that is insanely cheap for a player of his caliber. If the Angels trade him now, the demand would be at it's highest where they could acquire a boatload of prospects, making rebuilding the team a much easier and faster process.
The Angels have to ask themselves if they would rather have one star with a bunch of aging, mediocre players for 4 more years, or rebuild and end up with possibly a few future studs brewing down in their farm system that will make them a great team in the future. To me it's a no-brainer, put Trout on the market.