My comments on Trout are only in relation to the report that he won't reach free agency. If that is the case it will be because he's still an Angel. It is literally not possible for anyone, even Trout, to currently know what combination of a waived no-trade clause, a trade the Angels would accept and an extension would produce any other result.
I guess we can dream that a year from now he tells the Angels to either meet his number, trade him to the Phillies or he'll leave for nothing (i.e. he won't approve any other trade) but that sounds pretty far-fetched (and while I'd be happy to have him, anyone who doesn't like Harper now shouldn't like that either).
Other takeaway today: Scott Boras is good at his job. And if the Phillies passed on Machado because they were sure they'd get Harper, then yes, they really really screwed up. And if one of these teams is offering $330 and they are not willing to go $350 they also screwed up. After that, sure, maybe walk away. But if the two very smart people who run the Dodgers and SF are reacting to market forces by stepping up, maybe the Phillies need to step away from their "valuation" too.
OTOH, if the Giants owner is signing Harper over his GM's objections I don't really mind if the Phillies aren't doing that.
We'll see. Nobody knows anything.