Metaphor for waiting endlessly and/or in vain.
Why Mike Trout is likely to be traded after the 2017 season: simple, his salary increases 70% to $34 million. Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mike Trout is still a relative bargain...
(teams) may hope that Bryce Harper (24 Oct. 16) or Manny Machado (24 July 6) become free agents. Both are being paid $5 million in 2016, are eligible for salary arbitration in 2017 and can become free agents in 2019.
However, it's likely that their agents will have both Harper and Machado sign interim deals, as Trout did, that carry them through their age 28 season. That gets them big bucks for a few years and has them become free agents again while still in their prime and able to sign a contract for more years and much more money.