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Mike Trout May Reconsider a Trade If LA Angels Whiff on Scott Boras’ Stars

Published 02/21/2024, 7:45 AM EST

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The loyalty of Mike Trout is undeniable but the weight of heartbreak is becoming too big to bear. Things have been shaky for the Los Angeles Angels during his entire run, and right now they’re in their nadir. But what’s different this time is that Trout has chosen to be outspoken for the first time in his career. The slugger has been known for not being too demanding of ownership, but that may be finally changing. 

Trout revealed that he’s trying to put pressure on the management to sign top free agents. Most importantly, he has talked to a few free agents himself and knows they want to play for the Halos. Speculations have emerged that Prince Fish was talking about the Scott Boras clients. The real story, however, is that, for the first time, Trout has revealed that trade isn’t completely out of his mind.

Mike Trout changes his approach for 2024

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The tragedy of Mike Trout’s career can be understood in a simple phrase. The 3x MVP has only played 3 postseason games till now. For one of the greatest baseball players of all time, this number is astoundingly low. Despite having Trout and Shohei Ohtani in their primes, the team hasn’t had a winning season since 2016. Until now, Trout had remained positive regarding the team’s future, but this Monday, the Millville Meteor changed its direction.

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As The Athletic reported, “I was in contact with both of them (Moreno and team president John Carpino), just pushing, pushing, pushing; there’s still some (free-agent) guys out there that can make this team a lot better.” Mike Trout shared how he has been trying to convince the management to make additions to the roster.

The top free agents still available on the market are Cody Bellinger, Jordan Montgomery, Blake Snell, and Matt Chapman. Any one of the four would transform the Halos squad, but the closest links have been with Snell and Belli. But in an offseason where owner Arte Moreno’s greatest expenditure is the $33 million deal for reliever Robert Stephenson, the chances look slim.

Perhaps that’s why it isn’t surprising that Trout also stated that while he wants to be an Angel forever, a trade could still be a possibility for him.

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Is the Los Angeles Angels’ lack of support pushing their Golden Boy away?

Mike Trout has been the face of the Halos ever since his rookie season in 2012. The slugger has always been ready to remain a one-team man for his entire career. However, this possibility of a trade is a huge statement. It hints at how the Angels’ uncompetitiveness is starting to affect their relationship with their Golden Boy. Can the Halos afford to lose Trout as well?

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Arte Moreno has made it clear that he won’t spend just for the sake of spending. But for a franchise that hasn’t entered the postseason since 2014 and has not had a winning season since 2017, there could be some more urgency here. If not now, then when?

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Sanskar Dubey

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“Rigidity leads to demise, while adaptability paves the path to vitality." Driven by a deep passion for sports, I’m glad I found baseball. Now serving as an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, I love to write about the thrilling tussle between the National League and American League throughout the season, although I may have a fondness for a particular Yankees icon named Alex Rodriguez.
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Riya Singhal