Angels and Mike Trout Reportedly Finalizing Record-Breaking 12-Year Contract

Angels and Mike Trout Reportedly Finalizing Record-Breaking 12-Year Contract

Mike Trout will reportedly stay an Angel for the foreseeable future.

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will skip a shot at free agency and sign the biggest contract in Major League Baseball history: 12 years and $430 million, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday.

Trout's salary will average almost $36 million per year, passing the $34.4 average annual value of Arizona's Zack Greinke.

The deal would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, with 27-year-old Trout set to top the new NZ$481 million, 12-year contract between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies. Trout will be promised $360MM in new money over a ten-year term, according to reports from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (on Twitter) and Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Betts rejected an eight-year, $200 million extension proposal following the 2017 season, according to a source.

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The Trout extension doesn't have much impact on the Yankees other than taking away a potential free agent target in two years, so this is a pretty good reminder that you should sign acquire elite talent while you can. Through 1,065 games, he's hit for.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases, while no player in history has put up more Wins Above Replacement than Trout's 64.3. They have averaged a 83-79 record in Trout's seven full seasons.

In recent weeks, rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Bryce Harper trying to recruit Trout to come play with him and the Phillies.

Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, isn't going anywhere for a long, long time.

Trout, a native of Vineland, N.J., grew up a diehard Phillies fan and some thought he would join Harper in Philadelphia. Trout has already earned two MVP awards, a Rookie of the Year award, six Silver Sluggers, and seven All-Star selections.