Seven-time MLB All-Star Mike Trout is on the verge of history, as reports have surfaced that the Los Angeles Angels center fielder is finalizing a $430 million USD, 12-year extension deal with the American League team. The contract would be the largest ever in the sports history, as detailed today in an article by ESPN.
Trout and the Angels’ impending agreement would equal out to a salary of $36 million USD a year, $2M USD more than the previous MLB record of $34.4M USD held by Zack Greinke. The multi-million dollar payout also trumps boxer Canelo Alvarez’s $365 million deal with DAZN, which was formerly the largest payout to date in the sports field.
It was originally expected that Trout would become a free agent in 2020, leaving his fate to the highest bidder among the MLB teams. Instead, the Angels’ original $144.5 million USD six-year deal has been swapped with the hefty new offer, securing the 27-year-old until at least 2030.
Over the course of his professional career, which began after he was drafted in 2009, Trout has clinched two MVP awards and come in second place for the accolade four other times. Across 140 games last season, he averaged out at .312/.460/.628 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs.
BREAKING: Star center fielder Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a record-breaking 12-year contract worth more than $430 million, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Details: https://t.co/bROnnC11Uh
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 19, 2019