Mike Trout to Sign Largest Contract in Professional Sports History

Mike Trout to Sign Largest Contract in Professional Sports History

Since turning down the eight-year offer, Betts has won the MVP and was central to a championship last year and just witnessed an offseason in which Manny Machado received $300 million, Bryce Harper $330 million and now Mike Trout $430 million.

It would be the third monster deal of the Major League Baseball offseason, following Harper and Manny Machado, who signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Pujols agreed to a $240 million, 10-year deal before the 2012 season but has not matched his previous performance with St. Louis.

Under the terms of the deal, 27-year-old Trout will receive an average salary of almost $36 million a year, topping Zack Greinke's previous record average of $34.4 million.

Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, looks like he's never leaving the Los Angeles Angels after all.

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Trout is batting.310 with 30 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 124 career games against the A's.

Although he has yet to make much of a splash in the postseason, Trout is generally considered to be the game's best position player. The clamoring already had begun, with Harper lobbying for Trout to join him in Philadelphia, 45 miles from Trout's hometown of Millville, New Jersey.

"If you don't think I'm going to be calling Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly", Harper said, "you are insane". And waiting until after the 2020 season for free agency would not have been without risk: He missed time with injuries in both 2017 and 2018, though none of them seem like the type to linger.

Whether Trout's deal is the largest in the world for a team athlete is hard to determine. You do what you need to do to keep a guy like that around, and the Angels should be thrilled it only required $430 million.

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