With Arte Moreno selling the Angels, could future Hall of Famer Mike Trout finally be available for trade? If so, the Braves make sense.
Trout deserves to play for a true contender, and the Angels never have. However, he is only available for a trade if the next owner who buys the team chooses to strip him of his resources and start over.
It’s entirely possible, and it wouldn’t be the first time. A ownership group in the river just led to a bargain with Juan Soto to the Padres. Who says Trout and Shohei Ohtani wouldn’t be next?
Trout is the riskier asset at this point in his career given his contract and newfound chronic back problems. While he’s still a capable hitter, one can wonder if Trout’s best days are behind him, especially considering he just passed the 30-year mark.
Braves: How much would it cost to trade for Mike Trout?
Much of Atlanta’s core is already under contract and/or trade locked. The Braves just signed Michael Harris II on a long-term renewal. He’s not going anywhere and was arguably their most intriguing young player at the time.
On the surface, the Braves’ farm system isn’t particularly attractive. But they have a number of young players who are already contributing at the MLB level. Given Trout’s contract — and the fact that the new ownership group wants to dump that money in this hypothetical scenario — Atlanta could perhaps get him for less than his total value.
OF, Mike Trout
SS, Vaughn Grissom
RHP, Spencer Strider
RHP, Ian Anderson
OV, Jesse Franklin V
If that feels a little easy for Trout, that’s because it can very well be. It depends on whether the Braves are willing to take his full salary for the remainder of his contract.
Grissom is the best prospect remaining in the Braves system. It was typed by some as a logical replacement for Dansby Swanson should he go free. In that trade, Atlanta would make Swanson’s re-signing their top priority and ship Grissom as a result.
Strider is the best young pitcher on the pitching staff, and it’s nowhere near. He could be a future top-end starter for an Anaheim-based team in dire need of young pitching talent. The addition of Ian Anderson – another young potential top-end starter in need of a refit – is just icing on the cake. Jesse Franklin V is the Braves’ top remaining outfield prospect and could be a depth replacement for Trout somewhere down the line.
It’s a moderate trade pack for a player with a lot of question marks. Trout’s contract and long-term health are a risk for the Braves. Your ownership group would have to sign up ahead of time, of course, but an outfield group of Acuña, Harris II and Trout is hard to turn down.
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