Mike Trout to Sign Largest Contract in Professional Sports History

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Sources - Angels, Trout near $430M extension

The two-time AL MVP award victor and reigning Baseball America Player of the Year is coming off a season in which he posted a 1.088 OPS, the second-highest mark of any player this decade, while also emerging as one of the top defensive center fielders in the game, which had been a previous shortcoming.

Trout and Betts, both former American League MVPs and generational talents, both were set to become free agents following the 2020 season and launch historic bidding wars for their services.

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Bryce Harper's record deal didn't hold the title for long. It doubled the largest contract in sports, a six-year deal for National Basketball Association star Kevin Garnett worth $126 million, and more than doubled the largest Major League Baseball contract of eight years and $121 million for left-hander Mike Hampton. In 1,065 games, he has slashed.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases.

The 27-year-old Trout is considered by many to be the best all-around player in the league. Weeks earlier, slugger Manny Machado's $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres briefly ranked as the largest contract ever signed by a free agent. It sure seems like this contract will keep Trout in Anaheim the rest of his career though, and that's pretty cool. Trout is the best, and the numbers speak for itself. That deal was worth a reported $330 million over 13 years. How could any single human being, especially one whose job is to hit a small ball with a wooden bat, be worth anywhere near that much money? They've only reached the playoffs once since he joined the team, losing all three games of the 2014 American League Division Series to the Kansas City Royals. Los Angeles' bustling farm system and the ability for owner Arte Moreno to parlay a $3 billion local TV deal into higher payrolls gave Trout enough security to lock down a deal through his age-38 season. "Great day for Angels fans".

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Trout is viewed differently as a home-grown Angels player and forms a core with Japanese star two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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