Mike Trout Signs Record Deal with Anaheim Angels

Mike Trout Signs Record Deal with Anaheim Angels

There's a new highest-paid-athlete out there and his name is Mike Trout of the Anaheim Angels. Furthermore, Trout's $430 million deal will become the largest contract in professional sports history, dwarfing Bryce Harper's $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. He's finished no worse than fourth in voting for the American League MVP Award, winning it in 2014 and 2016, and finishing second four times: 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018.

With the addition of Bryce Harper this offseason, combined with the fact that Trout is a Millville, NJ native and huge Philadelphia sports, many Philly fans hoped Trout would become a Phillie in 2020, when he was set to become a free-agent. The deal initially was reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan and confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The 25th pick overall in the 2009 draft, Trout is widely regarded as baseball's best player. All of that talk will go away once Trout signs on for an additional 10 years that will supersede the current six-year, $144.5 million deal he's now on. To say he is deserving of $430 million deal would be the understatement of the century. Speculation built that he could bounce to the Phillies when his contract expired - Trout grew up less than an hour away in New Jersey - but the Angels declared their commitment to the superstar.

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The Rangers players who were asked about the Trout deal all said that no one is better than the two-time American League MVP.

For the Angels to retain Trout, it cost owner Arte Moreno more than twice as much as the $184 million he paid for the entire franchise in 2003. He's been an All-Star in every full season he's played.

At age 27, Trout is already a slam dunk Hall of Famer, having hit.317/.416/.573 (172 wRC+) with 240 homers, 189 steals, and +64 WAR in parts of eight big league seasons.