Mike Trout, Angels finalizing monster $430 million extension

Mike Trout, Angels finalizing monster $430 million extension

Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, looks like he's never leaving the Los Angeles Angels after all.

Trout and the Angels are nearing a record-breaking 12-year, $430 million contract extension, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday. Removing those two years (worth $66.5 million), this essentially is a 10-year, $360-million deal through 2030 - still the largest in baseball history, and in pro sports history.

Trout's salary will average almost $36 million per year, passing the $34.4 average annual value of Arizona's Zack Greinke.

Harper made a not-so-subtle public pitch to Trout shortly after signing his deal, which drew accusations of tampering from the Angels.

Of course, fellow pro athletes chimed in, as did the general sports Twitter population, following the reports. No player in history has put up more wins above replacement through his age-26 season than Trout's 64.3.

After weeks of speculation, Trout and the Angels are reportedly closing in on a behemoth of a contract that will keep the south New Jersey native in Los Angeles for potentially the rest of his Major League Baseball career. Before this winter, Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million extension with the Miami Marlins in 2014 was the record for largest contract, a number that was exceeded by Harper last month.

If anything, Trout could still be considered underpaid relative to his lead over the rest of the sport in performance-value. It is ten years and $363.5M on top of the two years and $66.5M remaining on his current contract.

In 1,065 games, Trout has slashed.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases.

In recent weeks, rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Bryce Harper trying to recruit Trout to come play with him and the Phillies. After landing with his new team, Harper was public in his recruitment of Trout, a southern New Jersey native and die-hard Eagles fan.

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