Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Mike Trout, Angels Agree To Largest Contract In Sports History

Mike Trout, Angels Agree To Largest Contract In Sports History

Removing those two years (worth $66.5 million), this essentially is a 10-year, $360-million deal through 2030 - still the largest in baseball history, and in pro sports history.

Trout, 27, was due to be a free agent following the 2020 season, at which point he was expected to set off a frenzied bidding war among the largest-market teams in the game.

Whether Trout's deal is the largest in the world for a team athlete is hard to determine.

The Los Angeles Angels are taking one big step to make star outfielder Mike Trout an Angel for life, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan. Trout's total contract now is worth $430 million, a whopping $100 million (!) more than the 13-year deal Harper inked with the Philadelphia Phillies last month.

Since 2012, when Trout won the AL Rookie of the Year and was the MVP runner-up, he has averaged 34 home runs and 26 stolen bases.

And, more than that, it gives them Mike Trout - the Mike Trout - for the remainder of a career that might well wind up among the greatest of all time. It is ten years and $363.5M on top of the two years and $66.5M remaining on his current contract.

Trout has finished in the top-five among Major League Baseball players in wins-above-replacement, a figure used to measure a player's contributions to a team relative to a statistically average player, in each of the last seven seasons. Harper's $330 million deal broke the league's previous record, established by Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract extension while still a member of the Miami Marlins in 2014.

Trout's dollar figure, with its echo of Harper's total payout, was either a unusual coincidence, or an expert-level troll job, which happened to come just days after Harper made a public pitch for Trout to come join him on the Phillies - the team for whom Trout, a New Jersey native, grew up rooting.

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