Mike Trout nearing US$430M-plus contract with Angels

Mike Trout nearing US$430M-plus contract with Angels

Trout and the Los Angeles Angeles agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension Tuesday, as first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The Angels have given out their share of huge contracts, but Albert Pujols' deal expires after the 2021 season and Justin Upton's runs through the 2022 year. He was set to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Trout, 27, will receive an average of approximately $36 million per year, which tops Zack Greinke's previous record average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to ESPN.

Of course, fellow pro athletes chimed in, as did the general sports Twitter population, following the reports.

The 25th pick overall in the 2009 draft, Trout is widely regarded as baseball's best player. Additionally, the $430 million-plus total is more than 30 percent larger than the $330 million deal Bryce Harper recently signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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.

Mike Trout is about to get paid. And it could not come soon enough, as his contract had just a year remaining after the 2019 season.

Trout, of course, is worth every penny coming his way. He won the Rookie of the Year in 2012 and is a seven-time all-star.

The A's will have to deal with Mike Trout in the American League West for a long, long time.

Trout is from New Jersey and grew up a Phillies fan, and Harper made his intentions clear after he signed: he was going to call Trout and try to convince him to sign with the Phillies. In 1,065 games, he has slashed.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases.

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