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Could the Phillies trade for Mike Trout?

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January 19, 2019 - 5:15 am

The name every Phillies fan is focused on right now is Bryce Harper, but the name that will always be at the top of every fan's mind is Mike Trout. 

While the belief is that any shot of the team landing Trout is likely years away, NBC Philadelphia's Phillies insider Jim Salisbury told Joe Giglio on the WIP Evening Show this past week that he wouldn't rule out the Anaheim Angels potentially moving on from Trout much sooner than expected. 

“Maybe the Anaheim Angels extend him. If I am there owner Arte Moreno, I don’t want to be known as the guy who got rid of Mike Trout. Then he is the next Harry Frazee, the guy who got rid of Babe Ruth. But Mike Trout holds some of the cards too. He can say no to a contract extension," Salisbury said. "At that point I think the Angels have to look to trade him, maybe even as soon as this July. If Mike Trout becomes available via a trade or via free agency, I don’t care what the Phillies budget is, what the plan is, what the blueprint is — for that kind of an extraordinary opportunity, you rip up the plan, you rip up the blueprint, and you make it happen. And I think they would. I think they could make that decision on the fly, and I don’t think they are necessarily budgeting for Mike Trout here in January of 2019. I think they are trying to get one of big fish right now.”

Although Salisbury didn't quote any sources on the possibility, he is one of the top Phillies reporters in the city, and his logic is sound. The Angels might not want to trade Trout, but if he doesn't want to be there long-term, they are better off moving him now as opposed to holding out hope and watching him walk away for nothing. 

The discussion of Trout was raised following a report this past week that the Phillies plan to make a big run at Trout in 2020, and their desire to do so might impact their willingness to sign both Harper and Manny Machado this offseason. The Phillies have met with both Harper and Machado, the top two free agents in baseball, and some believe they could make a run at signing both. 

Whether that happens remains to be seen, but if it does, Salisbury does not believe it would rule out them going after Trout -- potentially as early as this offseason. 

You can check out the full interview with Salisbury below: