Star midfielder Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are signing the biggest contract in professional sports history, a 1
27-year-old Trout, who has won two American League MVP prizes and finished runner-up four times, averages nearly $ 36 million. With the Arizona Diamondbacks, Zack Greinke surpassed the record $ 34.4 million per year. The total value of over $ 430 million is more than 30 percent higher than the $ 330 million deal signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 2, and the contract of the best boxer Canelo Alvarez with DAZN increased by more than $ 65 million. Dollar.
Trout was to become a free agent after the 2020 season, to which he was expected to trigger a fierce war between the game's largest market teams. The shouting had already begun when Harper advocated that Trout be in Philadelphia, 72 kilometers from Trout's hometown of Millville, New Jersey. But the Angels will undo this opportunity by tackling the last two seasons of their current six-year, $ 144.5 million deal for ten years, sources told ESPN.
A generation talent with an unrivaled talent among his peers, Trout is arguably the best start to a career in baseball history. In 1,065 games he has cut .307 / .416 / .573 with 240 homers, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases. No player in history has made more wins over his replacement than Trouts 64.3 in his 26-year season.
While the angels' past journeys into long-term contracts have not paid off – both with their 10-year, $ 240-million deal Albert Pujols and a five-year $ 125 million deal with Josh Hamilton as an albatross – the opportunity to lose Trout was just too much not to make a deal.
Trout team up with an organization that made them. The playoffs were in the league only once during his eight seasons – and were swept in the first round when it happened. The bustling farm system in Los Angeles and the ability of owner Arte Moreno to place a $ 3 billion local TV payroll deal in higher payrolls gave Trout sufficient security to engage in a deal during his 38-year season.
The 25th choice in the 2009 draft, Trout flashed through her farm system and debuted at the age of 19 in the 2011 season. The next season, he established himself as a star, winning the AL Rookie of the Year and finishing second in the MVP vote for the first of two seasons. He won the 2014 and 2016 awards and finished second again last year, arguably his best season, breaking 0.312 / 0.460 / 0.628 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs in 140 games.