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Angels sign Mike Trout to 6-year, $144.5 million extension

The superstar outfielder will be in Los Angeles through 2020, and can become a free agent at age 29.

Lisa Blumenfeld

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a six-year, $144.5 million contract extension with outfielder Mike Trout, as first reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.comKen Rosenthal of provides a complete breakdown of the year-by-year salary:

Trout, 22, has been discussing a long-term deal with the Angels in recent weeks in hopes of coming to terms before Opening Day. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Angels initially offered Trout a six-year, $140 million deal, and he countered with a six-year, $153 million offer before the two sides settled on the $144.5 million number. The contract will cover all three of his arbitration-eligible years in addition to three free agent years, but will still allow him to become a free agent at age 29.

Trout will receive $24.08 million in average annual value in the deal, which is likely backloaded to pay him a fortune during his free agent years. It will begin in 2015, guaranteeing that Trout will be an Angel through the 2020 season.

Trout's deal is the second mega-deal to be signed in the last two days, joining the eight-year, $248 million extension that Miguel Cabrera signed with the Tigers on Thursday. In total, the Tigers and Angels committed $392.5 million to their superstars, ensuring that they will battle each other for the AL MVP for many years to come.

In 336 games over the last three seasons, Trout has been one of the best all-around players in the game. He has finished second to Cabrera in AL MVP voting in the last two seasons, while winning AL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and two Silver Slugger awards. He is a lifetime .314 hitter with 62 HR and 196 RBI, and has led the league in runs for the last two years.