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.
BREAKING: Star center fielder Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a record-breaking 12-year contract worth more than $430 million, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Details: https://t.co/bROnnC11Uh
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 19, 2019
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.
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.
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.
$66,978: What Mike Trout will make per at bat*
$61,372: Median U.S Household Annual Earnings
*Based on $430M number reported by @JeffPassan
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 19, 2019
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.
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.
Hey @HoustonTexans, Mike Trout and I kinda look alike… so how do you feel about 12 years, $430 million fully guaranteed for me too? ???
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 19, 2019
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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