Mike Trout is about to get paid.
Trout, now 27, is closing in on a 12-year contract with the Angels which will pay him a truly astronomical $430 million.
Trout was not scheduled to hit the free agent market until 2020.
Trout will now receive an average of almost $36 million a year, which tops Zack Greinke's previous record average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks. 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. Trout will be promised $360MM in new money over a ten-year term, according to reports from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (on Twitter) and Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. That was a free agent deal; Harper took a longer term (13 years) to briefly reach a new high-water mark in total guarantee ($330MM). That's almost $10 million more per year than Harper received from the Phils.
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Trout, a seven-time all-star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player, is already considered the best player of his generation, and at his current trajectory could rank as the best of all-time by the time he is done. But it's still notable that Arenado - an outstanding player whose best season nevertheless lags Trout's worst - commanded a then-record $33.4MM AAV over seven new contract seasons.
Trout has a.307 average with 240 homers, 648 RBIs, 189 steals and 693 walks in eight big league seasons.
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. He established himself as a star the next season, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award and finishing second in the MVP voting for the first of two straight seasons.
Trout, a native of Vineland, N.J., grew up a diehard Phillies fan and some thought he would join Harper in Philadelphia.