Mike Trout's Expected $432 Million MLB Deal Will Make History


Trout will stay in Anaheim for the foreseeable future as the Angels lock down their fan favorite.

Mike Trout and the Angels are "finalizing" a 12-year, $430 million contract that breaks all kinds of records, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. The superstar center fielder was set to become a free agent in 2020, but will now be locked up through 2030.

At an average yearly value of $36 million, he will become the highest paid athlete per year, bettering the $34.4 million per season that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke will have made over the length of his six-year, $206.5 million contract. ESPN and USA Today Sports, citing sources familiar with the contract negotiations, reported the agreement on Tuesday.

Trout has a staggering 64.3 Wins Above Replacement through his age-26 season, which is far beyond any player at his age in Major League Baseball history.

Los Angeles selected Trout with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, and he signed for a bonus of $1,215,000.

Trout's contract reportedly includes no opt-outs and, if it doesn't include no-trade protection, he's less than three years away from picking up five-and-ten rights.

He has slashed.307/.416/.573 in eight seasons with the club while hitting 240 home runs, stealing 189 bases and driving in 648 runs. In his seven full seasons as a pro, Trout has won two MVP awards and finished second in voting four other times. 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. 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.