Mike Trout Close to Finalizing $430M Deal With Angels

Less than a month after Bryce Harper signed his record-breaking contract, baseball’s biggest star is expected to surpass the new Philadelphia Phillies outfielder with another mind-boggling megadeal.

Superstar center fielder Mike Trout is close to finalizing a gigantic 12-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels worth over $430 million. There are no opt-outs included. The deal will be the largest contract in professional sports history and will likely keep Trout with the team that drafted him back in 2009 for the rest of his career.

The 27-year old Trout would have been a free agent following the 2019 season. His offseason would have looked quite similar and possibly been even more scrutinized than the one Harper enjoyed until he announced his decision to sign with the Phillies on February 28th. Now, the 29 other Major League Baseball clubs can only watch as this generation’s greatest player is staying put until he turns 38.

But did he deserve the deal? Please. Trout is a two-time American League Most Valuable Player award winner and has finished second in voting four times. He has easily been the most consistent player in the Majors since he was brought up, owning a career .307 batting average while clubbing 240 homers over that span. Trout, a seven-time All-Star, has also won the Silver Slugger award seven times.

There has been zero doubt over the past few years that Trout was shaping up to become the highest-paid baseball player in the world. The question was how much teams would be willing to dish out. At $430M, Trout is worth every penny for the Angels. He’s once-in-a-lifetime talent that possesses a deadly combination of speed, power, and size. He has been the face of the Angels ever since his first hit in July of 2011 and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon, at least not for the next 12 years. Sorry, Harper.

With Trout fully committed to spending the rest of his playing career with Japanese baseball prodigy Shohei Ohtani and 19-year old phenom Jo Adell, the future looks quite sunny in Los Angeles.

Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues. 

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