What Trout's $430M deal means for Braves' Acuna

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
March 19, 2019 - 2:21 pm

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It's the largest contract in professional sports history as the Los Angeles Angels and centerfielder Mike Trout are closing in on a 12-year, $430 million deal.

Bryce Harper held the previous record for highest-paid players just over two weeks ago after he agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phildelphia Phillies. Trout's deal is for one year less that Harper's but $100 million more. 

So what does this mean for Atlanta Braves young phenom Ronald Acuna Jr., and his future with the team?

Former Braves outfielder Brian Jordan joined Jon Chuckery and Randy McMichael to talk about a potential big pay-day for Acuna down the road.

"Acuna can be the best player in the game. He has that much talent." Jordan said. "He has another great year this year, and puts up some crazy numbers, he's at that point."

"You don't want to lose that asset. You don't want to keep waiting and waiting until him and his agent get angry and holds it against you. You looking at the deals they're throwing around now, I mean, baseball's going in the wrong direction."

Randy said he knew this conversation surrounding Acuna was going to come up after the Trout deal was announced with people wondering if he could get a potential $500 million deal.

"Let's just wait," Randy said. "I know we're excited we got this young stud. Let's just wait."

Jon said the Braves can't wait until Acuna becomes arbitration eligible.

"Remember that the Angels locked up Mike Trout early," Jon said. "They didn't wait on his first--this is his second contract. This is an extension of his first deal."