Angels, Trout near $430M extension

Ross Houston
March 19, 2019

Trout is viewed differently as a home-grown Angels player and forms a core with Japanese star two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported on Tuesday that Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing an absolutely massive contract extension that will keep Trout with the Angels for the rest of his career.

According to ESPN, the new contract will add 10 years to the final two seasons of Trout's current deal. However, it appears Harper's tampering efforts failed, with Trout securing the bag and then some to completely reset the Major League Baseball market for star players in the process.

The 27-year-old 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.

Within days of signing his record-setting 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies last month, Bryce Harper was openly talked about recruiting Mike Trout to the City of Brotherly Love after the Angels outfielder and New Jersey native's contract expired after the 2020 season.

Of course, fellow pro athletes chimed in, as did the general sports Twitter population, following the reports.

The Trout extension doesn't have much impact on the Yankees other than taking away a potential free agent target in two years, so this is a pretty good reminder that you should sign acquire elite talent while you can.

Trout, 27, is a two-time American League Most Valuable Player and was scheduled to become a free agent in 2020.

Trout is a career 307 hitter and has averaged a +9 WAR in every full season that he has played.

Bryce Harper's record deal didn't hold the title for long.

Boxer Canelo Alvarez signed a contract with DAZN worth a minimum of $365 million.

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