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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/18/18

Mike Trout’s lifetime deal; Trevor Story’s turn-around; the final playoff spots up for grabs

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: The Angels might offer Mike Trout a lifetime contract, which presumably means until his retirement. But what if that implied... his death? According to the law, Trout could only sign such a contract in Illinois, so that ends that hypothetical. Nonetheless, one would imagine the long-term deal being one of the most lucrative, if not the most so, deal in sports.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Remember when Trevor Story’s future was in doubt? Neither do we, as he has gone from April disappointment to NL MVP candidate. After fixing his launch angle and mechanics, he is now once again one of the best players in the league and a Statcast breaker.

ESPN Insider | Jay Jaffe ($): Three teams’ playoff hopes are on the line this week: the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and most of all.. the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers could eliminate the latter this week, and the first two will play each other this week in what very well could decide the NL West.