Stark: Stark: After the Trout deal, what’s next for baseball?

From SABR member Jayson Stark at The Athletic on March 19, 2019:

Mike​ Trout hadn’t​ even direct-deposited the first installment of​ his​ $426.5-million Powerball payout​ Tuesday when​ an AL executive​ had​ already​​ decided what it all meant.

“The happiest man in the universe right now,” he announced, “is Mookie Betts.”

Well, technically speaking, he’s probably talking about that portion of the universe that does not include Orange County, Calif., and Millville, N.J. But other than that, let’s just say … it’s hard to argue.

It’s hard to argue because Mookie Betts is What’s Next. And it’s time for us to have that conversation. What’s Next after the most humongous contract in the history of North American professional sports? We’ve asked that question of smart people on both sides. They have some thoughts. We have some thoughts. Let’s share them now. What do you say?

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Originally published: March 20, 2019. Last Updated: March 20, 2019.