Passan: Angels, Mike Trout nearing record $430M extension

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Mike Trout is on the verge of a 12-year, $430 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels that will stand as the largest professional sports contract in recorded history.

Despite signing Harper, the Phillies had been hoping for a chance to reel in Trout, a Millville, N.J. native and Philadelphia Eagles season-ticket holder, when he hit free agency following the 2020 season.

Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, isn't going anywhere for a long, long time. Trout is special. He's a once-in-a-generation player and already has one of the best resumes in history when it comes to his first seven years. Given the two years remaining on his prior contract, Harden's overall deal is worth $228 million over a six year period. He has also led all of baseball in on-base percentage in three straight seasons and is a plus defender in center field. Trout's new deal will pay him an average annual value (AAV) of about $36 million, which is only about 5 percent more than the next-highest-paid, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, with an AAV of $34.4 million.

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And yet, even with the new contract, Trout will barely earn the designation of the sport's best-paid player year-to-year. He finished as runner-up for American League MVP in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018.

Trout has played seven full seasons in the majors. Harper's $330 million deal broke the league's previous record, established by Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million contract extension while still a member of the Miami Marlins in 2014. He could have created a super team with Bryce Harper on the Phillies, the team for which he grew up rooting. The proposal was worth $200MM over eight years for Betts, who was then heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility on the heels of a good but not great season. He lives in southern New Jersey, and Harper said he was excited about trying to recruit Trout to join him in Philadelphia.

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