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MLB Superstar About To Sign the Biggest Contract in Professional Sports History

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The Los Angeles Angels reportedly have reached an agreement with their superstar center fielder, Mike Trout, to make him the highest-paid player in baseball history.

Sources told ESPN that the Angels and Trout are close to finalizing a new 12-year deal worth a whopping $430 million.

It would be the largest contract in professional sports history, surpassing the 13-year, $330 million deal Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 1.

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The Angels have made no secret of the fact that they would pay almost any amount to keep Trout in Los Angeles for the rest of his career.

Are the Angels smart to lock up Trout with that huge contract?

The question has been whether Trout would re-sign with Angels once his current contract is up after the 2020 season or test the free agent market.

The Angels have been trying to sign him to a contract extension to avoid him hitting free agency.

Would Trout prefer to stay in Los Angeles or seek greener pastures?

Harper made no secret of the fact that he’d like Trout, a New Jersey native, to come home and play for the Phillies.

But it now appears that he will stay in Southern California.

Trout, 27, is currently playing on a six-year, $144 million deal that expires after the 2020 season.

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This new deal, if it comes to fruition, would pay him about $36 million per year, which would put him ahead of Zach Greinke, who makes $34.4 million, for highest annual salary, reported ESPN.

Trout, a two-time AL MVP, is considered the best player in baseball. He is on pace to become one of the greatest of all time.

The seven-time All-Star has 240 career home runs and is on pace to break Barry Bonds’ all-time record of 762.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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