Mike Trout, Angels Agree To Largest Contract In Sports History

Mike Trout, Angels Agree To Largest Contract In Sports History

Mike Trout, Angels Agree To Largest Contract In Sports History

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

It's also the largest total contract in the history of sports, surpassing Canelo Alvarez's DAZN contract which is worth a reported $365 million.

Those of us on the East Coast will have to adjust our bedtimes or give up the dream of someday watching Trout play regularly before our bedtimes, but the deal gives the Angels certainty that they'll be able to build around the best player in baseball as they look to put together a victor.

Trout is from New Jersey and grew up a Phillies fan, and Harper made his intentions clear after he signed: he was going to call Trout and try to convince him to sign with the Phillies. The star outfielder is reportedly signing a long-term extension with the Angels that would give him the largest Major League Baseball contract ever, and keep him in Orange County until he is 39-years-old.

According to USA Today, the deal is an add-on to Trout's already existing deal and is actually a 10-year, $363.5 million extension which will kick in during the 2021 season.

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Los Angeles selected Trout with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, and he signed for a bonus of $1,215,000. He's won the award twice in seven full seasons with the Angels. In other news, the Yankees signed a league average starter who's thrown at least 170 innings in eight of the last nine seasons to a minor league contract yesterday.

Big-money deals have not worked out for the Angels in the past.

Check this out: By Wins Above Replacement, Trout has been worth more than Harper and Machado combined.

The deal dwarfs previous contract records in baseball and highlights the ongoing conversation about player valuation, in a league in which members have never been shy about opening their checkbooks. The 27-year-old enters the 2019 season with a.990 career OPS (175 OPS+) and 64.3 career WAR. Ohtani is expected to be able to hit for the Angels at some time in the first half of the season and to resume pitching in the 2020 season.

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