The Los Angeles Angels and star outfielder Mike Trout are finalizing a massive extension worth $430 million over 12 seasons, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
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
The deal pays Trout nearly $36 million annually, and makes him the highest-paid player in all of professional sports history.
After Bryce Harper signed his massive contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, he publicly shared that he wanted Trout to come to Philadelphia when his contract expired with Los Angeles. That date has been set back an additional 12 seasons.
Trout, now 27, is a seven-time All Star. He has also been named the Rookie of the Year, in addition to being named the American League MVP twice. He has finished in second place in MVP voting four times, and fourth place once. He has also won the Silver Slugger award six times.
In 2018, Trout appeared in 140 games, slashing an impressive .312/.460/.628 with 79 runs batted in on 147 hits, including a whopping 39 home runs. He drew a league-leading 122 walks while only striking out 124 times.
One of the league’s best players of the century, Trout gets paid an extreme amount of money to stay in Los Angeles for more than a decade (and, when all is said in done, potentially two decades) as the team hopes to become a super-team with guys like Trout and talented two-way player Shohei Ohtani.