The Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB) are finalizing a contract extension with their stud center fielder Mike Trout. The extension is set to be the largest contract in professional sports history, worth about $430 million. The extension also keeps the two-time American League Most Valuable Player under contract with the “Halos” until the 2030 season and presumably the remainder of his career. He was set to become a free agent following the 2020 season.
On top of his record-breaking contract, Trout will also have the largest per year salary in sports history. His roughly $36 million a year tops that of the previous record holder, Arizona Diamondback’s starting pitcher Zack Greinke ($34.4 million a year).
Trout’s (27 years old) statistics show that he is worth every penny. In his 1,065 career games, he has boasted some impressive numbers. A batting average of .307, an on-base percentage of .416, and a slugging percentage of .573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases. According to baseball-reference.com, this production is only matched by the likes of Mickey Mantle and Ken Griffey Jr. (Both Hall of Famers).
Trout’s extension is just the latest splurge an MLB franchise has had during the final weeks of the off-season. Instead of spring training results dominating our baseball news, it has been one colossal deal after the other. Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado, and Bryce Harper all inked their mega deals in the past 30 days, with the “cheapest” being Arenado’s eight-year, $260 million deal, and Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract. Harper actually had the largest contract in sports history prior to Trout’s extension. As for Machado, he only got a 10-year, $300 million deal…
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