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Examining a hypothetical Braves trade for Mike Trout

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MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout might end up being the greatest baseball player to ever play the game.

Mike Trout has not won a playoff game since he joined the Angels in 2011.

Mike Trout is very likely not going to be traded this winter.

However...

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently wrote about Trout’s future in Anaheim. He’s signed for just two more seasons (thru 2020), and the Angels are a mess in a highly-competitive division. There is little chance the Halos are better than the Astros in 2019 or 2020, and I’d probably take the A’s and Mariners’ chances over the Angels, too.

As fate would have it, Rosenthal consulted with an MLB executive for his article and proposed this offer for the Braves to land Trout.

“The Angels, the executive said, could identify a prospect-rich team that wants to “condense talent” by trading a slew of youngsters for two years of a future Hall of Famer. The Phillies, Braves and Padres are three such organizations, and the Yankees never can be ruled out of such pursuits. (...)

The exec proposed the following package from the Braves: Outfielder Ender Inciarte and left-hander Sean Newcomb plus the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 7 prospects, according to MLBPipeline.com, from a talent-rich system: right-handers Kyle Wright and Ian Anderson, third baseman Austin Riley and righty Touki Toussaint. Sounds like a lot? Of course it’s a lot — the Braves would be getting Mike Trout.”

That would be a ton for Atlanta to give up. And it’s probably pretty close to what the actual cost for Trout would be. As stated above, he’s the game’s best player and is still only 27. A hypothetical trade of that magnitude would surely involve some kind of contract extension built in; there’s no way a team would give up that much for two seasons of Trout without an assurance past the 2020 season. Trout also has a no-trade clause which could become a thing.

It’s all for fun, but it certainly is fun to think about. Would you do it if you could guarantee Mike Trout in Atlanta for the next eight years?

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