Rumors are pointing to Mike Trout potentially being traded by the Los Angeles Angels, and San Diego Padres fans can expect the team to be mentioned as a potential destination for the future Hall of Famer ... but is it really the right fit?
According to Bob Nightengale in his weekly USA Today notebook, "The Los Angeles Angels, perhaps for the first time, are open to trading All-Star outfielder Mike Trout if he indicates to them that he wants out." Nightengale goes on to say that Trout has requested a talk with Angels administration about the direction of the team, and that could determine whether Trout does indeed waive his no-trade rights and play for another franchise for the first time in his illustrious career.
Nightengale also writes, "He still has $248.15 million owed to him the next seven years."
Would Mike Trout be a fit for the San Diego Padres?
On paper, sure, Trout could certainly provide a boost to San Diego's center field and designated hitter spots. However, what the Padres would have to give up to acquire him and the price tag he is still owed could well push San Diego out of the mix. Remember that Nightengale also mentions in his column that the Padres aren't expected to re-sign Blake Snell because his price tag could soar above $200 million. If San Diego isn't going to go after the pitcher who has been one of the best in all of MLB this season for less money than Trout would command, would they really go all-in on the 32-year-old Trout, who has been ravaged by injuries in recent seasons?
Expect plenty of rumors to fly about Trout and San Diego being a potential match, but the reality of the situation (and it's still a big if that Trout actually agrees to be traded) shows that it's likely just a lot of talk.