Angels and Mike Trout Reportedly Finalizing Record-Breaking 12-Year Contract

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout has been offered the largest deal in North American sports history

Trout turns 28 in August and is a two-time American League Most Valuable Player and seven-time All-Star who has led the AL in wins above replacement (WAR) in five of the past seven seasons.

Trout would have become a free agent following the 2020 season, and his new contract keeps him with the Angels through 2030.

Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the deal will be a 10-year, $360 million extension on top of the two years and $66.5 million left on Trout's current contract, bringing the total value of the deal to $426.5 million. After an impressive year in 2009, Trout caught the eye of Major League Baseball scouts, and was drafted by the Angels with the 25th overall pick in that year's draft.

There is no question that Trout deserves a contract of this size.

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. The proposal was worth $200MM over eight years for Betts, who was then heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility on the heels of a good but not great season. He won the award in 2014 and 2016 and finished second again a year ago, arguably his best season yet, in which he slashed.312/.460/.628 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs in 140 games.

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After joining the Angels as the 25th pick in the 2009 draft, Trout blitzed through their farm system and debuted at 19 years old during the 2011 season.

And this would have come in an economic atmosphere in which - despite an overall downturn for veteran free agents - top-end talent continues to earn record-setting deals.

The Philadelphia Phillies won't have an Opening Day outfield that features Bryce Harper and Mike Trout in 2021.

Harper made a not-so-subtle public pitch to Trout shortly after signing his deal, which drew accusations of tampering from the Angels. It looks like Trout has saved Harper a phone call.

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