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Angels prospect Mike Trout likely to begin 2012 in minors

Nov 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

Mike Trout

The Angels’ decision to trade for Vernon Wells‘ massive contract was bad enough when he was performing horribly, but now his presence on the team (and $21 million salary in each of the next three seasons) might keep stud prospect Mike Trout in the minors.

Sam Miller of the Orange County Register connected some dots between recent comments made by manager Mike Scioscia and MLB.com reporter Lyle Spencer, both of which suggest Trout will be spending at least the beginning of 2012 at Triple-A.

Trout is only 20 years old and jumped directly from Double-A to the majors, so some time at Triple-A isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, based purely on talent and likely 2012 value Trout would be in the Angels’ lineup on Opening Day.

Instead they’ll have Wells in left field, Peter Bourjos in center field, Torii Hunter in right field, and Bobby Abreu at designated hitter. Wells and Abreu will combine to make $30 million in 2012, while Trout could probably out-play both of them for $400,000.

  1. dondada10 - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Not happening. Either Bourjos will be traded (for David Wright?) or Wells will be released.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    “stud prospect”? What is his stud fee anyways? Top echelon “studs” garner big bucks for their owners these days.

  3. seanmk - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    one of the angels players should make a comment like one of the rays players did for matt moore: “i’ll file his grievence for him if he’s sent to the minors” But the more logical side of me thinks it’s not the worst thing they could do. he maybe ready but he’s also had a long season.

    • scatterbrian - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      It’s not as though Trout is forcing his way onto the team. He’s still 20, and he only hit .220/.281/.390/.672 in his call-up last year.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Nov 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Abreu doesn’t have another automatic re-up on his contract for next year does he?

    Also, Trout needs to be in this lineup daily no later than mid-season this year.

    • scatterbrian - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      “His 2012 option vested in July, so he should be back in Los Angeles for a fourth season with the Angels.”

      Google is your friend.

      • foreverchipper10 - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

        I know why he is there for the upcoming season, I meant the following one. That is why I said “another.”

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