By: Griffin Quadro, Staff Writer
Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, looks like he is never leaving the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout and the Angels finalized a 12-year, $430 million contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan says “that breaks all kinds of records, according to. The contract is the largest in professional sports history, surpassing boxer Canelo Alvarez’s $365 million deal,” and this means Trout will not test free agency after the 2020 season. Trout also takes the record for largest MLB contract away from Bryce Harper, less than three weeks after Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. After landing with his new team, Harper was public in his recruitment of Trout,
Trout, however, will remain in Los Angeles where he has won two American League MVP awards and has finished second in the voting, four other times over his seven full MLB seasons. The 27-year-old enters the 2019 season with a .990 career OPS. Trout, a seven-time All-Star, hit .312 .460 .628 last season with 39 homers in 140 games last season. He led in walks and intentional walks and on-base percentage,
While Trout has been a top player since he made his MLB debut, he has not had much team success in Anaheim. The Angels have made the playoffs just once during Trout’s career and were swept out of the ALDS by the Royals in 2014. The Angels have given out their share of huge contracts, but Albert Pujols’ deal expires after the 2021 season and Justin Upton’s runs through the 2022 year. Past that, it’s only Trout that is on the hook for the Angels. The Angels are going to be building their team around Trout.