Passan: Angels, Mike Trout nearing record $430M extension

Heather Diaz
March 19, 2019

Mike Trout will reportedly stay an Angel for the foreseeable future.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports it is a 12-year deal worth $430 million, and that it breaks the records of individual Major League Baseball player per-year deal (passing Zach Greinke's $34 million per year with the Diamondbacks), total Major League Baseball contract for the duration of the deal (passing Bryce Harper's $330 million with the Phillies), and biggest contract in all sports (passing Canelo Alvarez's $365 million with DAZN).

Trout's deal includes a signing bonus and would supersede the NZ$210.6 million, six-year contract that had been set to pay him $96.9 million over the next two seasons. Trout, 27, was set to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Of course, fellow pro athletes chimed in, as did the general sports Twitter population, following the reports. Los Angeles' bustling farm system and the ability for owner Arte Moreno to parlay a $3 billion local TV deal into higher payrolls gave Trout enough security to lock down a deal through his age-38 season.

Since breaking into the league with the Angels as a 19-year old in 2011, Trout has amassed 240 homeruns, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases.

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Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper had a long at-bat against Yankees left-hander James Paxton in his first plate appearance since suffering an ankle injury on March 15. But it's still notable that Arenado - an outstanding player whose best season nevertheless lags Trout's worst - commanded a then-record $33.4MM AAV over seven new contract seasons.

Meanwhile, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal "fainted" upon reading the news of Trout's pending payday and suggested he'll raise his kid to be a baseball player. The clamoring already had begun, with Harper lobbying for Trout to join him in Philadelphia, 45 miles from Trout's hometown of Millville, New Jersey.

According to ESPN, the extension is for 12 years and $430 million.

The Red Sox, according to a source, made the eight-year offer following a 2017 season in which Betts finished sixth for AL MVP, but had a year significantly down from 2016, when he finished second.

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