Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

Javier Howell
March 20, 2019

Angels center fielder Mike Trout is about to get paid.

The Angels are finalizing a 12-year contract extension for Trout worth "roughly" $430 million, which would surpass Harper's deal as the largest in North American sports history by a cool $100 million.

The terms of the contract mean that Trout, considered by many to be the sport's standout star, will be tied to the Angels for the best years of his career - a commitment which will delight fans of the ball club but opens a wider discussion as to the escalating contract costs of the game's best players.

Trout's salary will average almost $36 million per year, passing the $34.4 average annual value of Arizona's Zack Greinke. By WAR, he is the best position player in baseball history through at age and has been that for more or less the entirety of his big-league career.

Trout's reported contract would eclipse the record-setting deals signed earlier by two of baseballs other superstars: Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins signed in 2014 and Bryce Harper's 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that was signed earlier this month.

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After joining the Angels as the 25th pick in the 2009 draft, Trout blitzed through their farm system and debuted at 19 years old during the 2011 season.

Trout led the majors last season in on-base percentage (.460) while hitting.312 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs. And it could not come soon enough, as his contract had just a year remaining after the 2019 season.

Trout has been an All-Star in each of his seven full big league seasons and hit.312 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs, 24 steals and 122 walks previous year.

Trout's contract reportedly includes no opt-outs and, if it doesn't include no-trade protection, he's less than three years away from picking up five-and-ten rights. The off-season deals signed by Trout, Harper, Machado, and Colorado's Nolan Arenado this past year are worth a total of $1.32 billion. Trout is a seven-time All-Star and has finished either first or second in AL MVP voting in six of the last seven seasons.