While Trout is probably the best player, $24 mil a year for a player with just 2 seasons under his belt seems crazy. Obviously if he continues at the current level (or exceeds) and stays healthy, it's a great deal. Still, it's a ton of money for such a young player.
I think the logic is, they're more likely to get a positive return on their investment. Trout is still pretty young and he hasn't hit his prime yet.
The alternative is for them to keep spending that kind of money on aging free agents who's best years are behind them(ie Pujols and Hamilton)...
Edited by soulflower, 29 March 2014 - 09:22 AM.