Mike Trout's Path From Top Angels Prospect To $430 Million Deal

Arnold Nichols
March 20, 2019

Trout, the best player in the game and someone putting together a resume that rivals some of the greatest to ever take the field, has reportedly agreed to a 12-year extension to stay in California worth a record-setting $430 million.

The reported agreement comes just weeks after the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal. The two-time AL MVP award victor and reigning Baseball America Player of the Year is coming off a season in which he posted a 1.088 OPS, the second-highest mark of any player this decade, while also emerging as one of the top defensive center fielders in the game, which had been a previous shortcoming.

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.

The Angels will nullify that possibility by ripping up the final two seasons of his six-year, $144.5 million deal and replace it with the new 12-year deal through the 2030 season, sources told ESPN.

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.

If anything, Trout could still be considered underpaid relative to his lead over the rest of the sport in performance-value.

Since becoming the Angels' full-time centerfielder, Trout has been in the American League MVP conversation every 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. He could have created a super team with Bryce Harper on the Phillies, the team for which he grew up rooting.

Harper made a not-so-subtle public pitch to Trout shortly after signing his deal, which drew accusations of tampering from the Angels.

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