In the final installment of this three-part series, we look at three reasons why Mike Trout - the inimitable Los Angeles Angels superstar working to distinguish himself as the greatest ballplayer who ever lived - will be the next player to land a $300-million contract.
Safest bet

Over the past couple days, we made cases as to why Bryce Harper or Manny Machado - both of whom will hit the market after 2018 - will be the next players to land $300-million contracts, and, between now and 2020, a bevy of other young superstars are going to hit free agency with similarly lofty targets.

Seeing as we're now anointing Trout the next $300-million man, though, it's incumbent upon us to demonstrate why those players won't receive deals of that magnitude. Here are a few potential scenarios: