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Mike Trout Next Team Odds: Yankees Favored Over Red Sox

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Mike Trout Next Team Odds: Yankees Favored Over Red Sox

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Mike Trout is certainly on pace to go down as one of the top MLB players of all time. The Los Angeles Angles star has made the All-Star Game every year since his rookie campaign in 2011, has won three American League MVP awards and has finished runner-up on four other occasions. 

He’s also become an injury-plagued outfielder who managed only 36 games last season and is currently on the shelf with back spasms. 

Now, pundits are beginning to float the idea of the Angels trading Trout, 30, who still has nine years left on a deal that pays him roughly $37 million annually. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his hypothetical MLB odds on Trout’s next team – should the Angels actually put him on the trade block. 

Mike Trout Trade Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
New York Yankees+15040%
Boston Red Sox+37521.1%
Los Angeles Dodgers +60014.3%
Chicago Cubs+80011.1%
Philadelphia Phillies+9509.5%
New York Mets +10508.7%
The Field+55015.3%

Odds are hypothetical and created by our Bookies.com handicapper. They do not reflect odds that may be available on legal betting apps.


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Every team, on the surface, would love a talent like Trout to anchor a lineup. He’s also a beloved figure among fans, so it’s not wild to believe a mid-market team that wants to make a splash could make a play.  

That said, only one player makes more than Trout annually (the Mets’ Max Scherzer gets $43.3M). Money, age and durability are all legitimate considerations. Whichever team acquires Trout will still be paying him $37 million annually when he’s 39. 

That will scare off some suitors, but not teams that already throw money in all directions. Some of those teams, notably, shave off a ton of payroll for 2023 and could afford to build around Trout if he's made available. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have MLB’s biggest payroll this season at $261 million. Next year only $159 million is accounted for - $102 million comes off the books. 

If Trout is going to be traded, going to a team that wouldn’t even require a move should be ideal. But would the Angels make such a trade with their interstate rivals? 

Two other teams have over $100 million in payroll coming off the books. The New York Yankees, third this season at $250 million, have $104 million in expiring deals. The Boston Red Sox, No. 6 at $204 million, have $105 million. Neither team has been shy at paying big-time money to players.

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The Philadelphia Phillies rank No. 5 in payroll ($236M) and would certainly welcome Trout, a Philly native, to potentially finish his career for his home team. But the team payroll currently ranks No. 2 in committed salary for 2023. They have four players making $20 million-plus, all of which are locked in through 2025 or beyond. 

A straight-up trade for Bryce Harper – who also has nine years left on a huge deal, and is also currently injured – might be the only way it works but it’s unlikely that's the route the Angels wish to go. 

The Chicago Cubs are the dark horse here. They’re in the midst of a rebuild, ranking 14th in team salary after being 13th in 2021. But they were top-five in payroll for four of the previous five years. Acquiring Trout would be a great way to get back in the World Series conversation. 


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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.
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