Aaron Judge

4 Players Primed for Massive Deals Following Mike Trout's Contract With Angels

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After Bryce Harper waited and waited to ultimately sign with the Philadelphia Phillies as the highest-paid player in MLB, it took just two weeks for the title to go to another Major Leaguer. Mike Trout inked a 12-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels worth more than $430 million.


Let's take a look at four players who should be excited by Trout's deal and the impact it could have on their next contract.

4. Christian Yelich

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Christian Yelich has progressed each season of his career, culminating with NL MVP honors with Milwaukee last season. Yelich led the National League in batting average (.326) and slugging percentage (.598) during his MVP season while belting 36 home runs and racking up 110 RBI. Yelich isn't set to become a free agent until 2023, but it's very possible that Milwaukee will open up its piggy bank and look to extend the 27-year-old before he hits the open market.

3. Carlos Correa

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Carlos Correa has been a star for the Houston Astros since winning the Rookie of the Year Award back in 2015. He had a down year in 2018, largely due to injuries, but expect him to have a strong bounce back year in 2019. The shortstop averaged 22 homers and never hit below .274 in the first three seasons of his career. He's a great defensive shortstop and was also a key piece to the Astros' World Series title in 2017. Look for Correa and the Astros to agree to a big deal at some point this season as Correa has said publicly that he'd like to spend the rest of his career in Houston. His infield-mate, Alex Bregman, just signed a $100-million extension  and a long-term deal worth twice that wouldn't be out of the question for the All-Star shortstop.

2. Mookie Betts

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Mookie Betts is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2020 season. He has been a key to the Boston Red Sox success since breaking into the league in 2014. His best season came this past year in 2018 when Betts won the AL MVP, hitting 32 homeruns and scoring 129 runs while notching a league-leading .346 batting average. He also led the league in slugging percentage (.640) on his way to his second Silver Slugger Award. All of those batting statistics are only a piece of why Betts is so valuable to the Red Sox as he also won his third consecutive Gold Glove last season. Needless to say, after seeing Trout's deal, Betts has to be wondering what kind of contract is waiting for him if he hits the free-agent market.

1. Aaron Judge

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Aaron Judge is set to be paid $684,300 in 2019, a number that pales in comparison to the production that he has had in pinstripes. In 2017, Judge hit 52 homers, had 114 RBI and scored 128 runs on his way to an All-Star appearance, the AL Rookie of the Year Award, his first Silver Slugger Award as well as a second-place finish in AL MVP voting – not bad for a rookie. He followed up with another All-Star caliber campaign in 2018, which saw him slash .278/.392/.528 while hitting 27 homeruns in just 112 games played. Being arguably the face of the New York Yankees, everything points to Judge being in line for a huge deal, much like what Trout just signed.

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