What In The World Do The Angels Do With Mike Trout?

What In The World Do The Angels Do With Mike Trout?

Is it time to trade the best player in baseball?
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Mike Trout of the Angels is the best player in baseball. It has been debated numerous times but nobody can argue his superiority in the game. He is the best player in the Majors yet he is on one of the worst teams. It was not too long ago in 2014 that the Angels had the best record in baseball yet they got swept by the Royals that season, who would eventually wind up in the World Series.

The question everyone keeps asking is if the angels should finally trade Mike Trout. It used to be incredibly unrealistic to even think of doing something like that, but now it's really up in the air. One thing thats for sure is that it would at least help out the farm system. Keith Law of ESPN recently ranked the Angels last for teams with the best farm systems.

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Farm systems are very important in todays MLB. Look at the Cubs or Dodgers for instance, they have great farm systems that come up with rising stars that quickly make it to the show. Take Kris Bryant or Corey Seager for example.

It would take a lot of prospects and some solid everyday players to complete a trade with the Angels for Trout. The Angels do need an influx of quality hitters at the moment. Calhoun and Trout are the only impact hitters on the Halos right now.

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Billy Eppler, GM of the Angels, took over the job from Jerry DiPoto after he left because of a dispute with manager Mike Scioscia. Eppler does not want to say it, but with all the rumors he has to be thinking about what would happen if he traded Mike Trout. So the question comes up, Should the Angels trade Mike Trout right now?

No they should not trade him, not now at least. The Angels looked solid in Spring Training but were plagued by injuries this season. When your two starting pitchers go down with season ending injuries, things are not going to end well. Eppler should work on some trades and free agent signings to get ready for next season and not worry about Trout. Players will come back from injury and the team can start fresh next year.

However, if over the next season or two things do not progress and the Angels do not improve, Eppler should at least entertain the option of trading Trout. He is the best player in baseball so there is no need to worry about his stock going down. But for now Eppler should focus on getting the team equipped with the proper players to build around Mike Trout for next season.

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We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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