Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are reportedly close to finalizing a 12-year $430 million extension for their star center fielder according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The new deal would make Trout the highest paid MLB athlete, and North American athlete, with an average salary of $35.83 million.
Trout still has another two years on his original six-year $144.5 million extension signed in 2014. Many rumors had connected the two-time AL MVP to leaving the Angels in 2020. This deal ensures that Trout will remain an Angel for the remainder of his career.
According to Bill Shaikin, the deal has no opt out, similar to Bryce Harper’s massive deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The difference between the deals is that Trout will make about $100 million more than Harper despite having a shorter extension by one year.
Extending Trout solidifies the Angels plans to build a contender around the 7-time All-Star. Anaheim has their super star locked up, it’s now a question of when we will see Trout in the playoffs. With top prospects ready to emerge in the next two seasons, the future is bright for Anaheim. For now, Angels fans can relax that their franchise player will be in Anaheim for the foreseeable future.
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