Mike Trout, Angels reportedly finalizing largest deal in sports history

MLB News Mike Trout Signs Record Deal with Anaheim Angels

Mike Trout and the Angels are "finalizing" a 12-year, $430 million contract that breaks all kinds of records, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. The US$430 million total would top the Major League Baseball-record US$330 million deal that outfielder Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies last month.

Trout, who has won two American League MVP awards and finished second four times, will receive an average of almost $36 million a year, topping Zack Greinke's previous record average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The contract is the largest in professional sports history, surpassing boxer Canelo Alvarez's $365 million deal, and it means Trout will not test free agency after the 2020 season.

The buzz Tuesday morning in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse had nothing to do with the Rangers and everything to do with the best player in baseball. Trout's contract would replace the final two years on the six-year $144.5 million contract he signed with the Angels in 2014. He has also led all of baseball in on-base percentage in three straight seasons and is a plus defender in center field.

The 27-year-old outfielder could have been a free agent after the 2020 season. It sure seems like this contract will keep Trout in Anaheim the rest of his career though, and that's pretty cool. The latest example of Trout finishing runner-up in MVP voting came in 2018, when despite missing 22 games, Trout slashed.312/.460/.628 with 39 home runs, 79 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and a 9.8 fWAR. Four of the largest seven contracts will have been agreed to, with Trout and Harper joined by Manny Machado ($300 million for 10 years with San Diego) and Nolan Arenado ($260 million for eight years with Colorado).

The Philadelphia Phillies won't have an Opening Day outfield that features Bryce Harper and Mike Trout in 2021. He's won six Silver Slugger awards, and has been an All-Star every full season he's played. It looks like Trout has saved Harper a phone call.

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