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Yes, it is as if the word "progression" had never been invented. When I read "positive regression" I just about fell out of my chair. It's great that the English language is living and elastic and all that, but why shoot for the double-negative with a single word is so much clearer? "Me, fail English? That's unpossible!"
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The part about the estimations of Trout's future salary is that each estimate seems to ignore the fact that he's still under team control for 2014, and under arbitration for 2015-17. Free agency doesn't arrive for him until the 2018 season. A 10-year deal, then, would include 4 years under team control and his first 6 years of free agency. Those first 4 years would be much, much less than $30M a season, which means the AAV of the 10 year deal would be much less than $30M per year. I would assume a salary for 2014 of $1M, values for his arb years of $15M, 17.5M and $20M, and THEN the $20M to $30M for the remaining 6 years. The upside to Trout is that this is all guaranteed money, the upside to the team is that he could still outperform such a deal. Assuming he gets $30M a season for those final 6 years, that is still a contract total of $233.5M and an AAV then of $23.4M. That is both a hell of a lot of money for Trout, and a long, long way from $300M/10yrs.