Even though there were 20 months between the start of the current baseball season and Trout's free agency, there were already whispers about where he would end up.
Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a record breaking 12 year deal worth $430 million, according to Jeff Passan. Trout's contract would replace the final two years on the six-year $144.5 million contract he signed with the Angels in 2014.
Trout's contract would also become the richest contract in sports history, overtaking boxer Canelo Álvarez, who signed an 11-fight $365 million deal with London-based video streaming service DAZN.
The Los Angeles Angels are about to lock up the most expensive athlete in the history of professional sports. The team mentioned most consistently was the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that just signed Bryce Harper to his own mega-deal.
The 24th pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Trout has made the playoffs only once with the Angels in eight seasons.
There are so many different ways to express Trout's greatness that this author maintains a weekly Mike Trout update during Major League Baseball seasons and still learns new and fantastic facts about Mike Trout all the time. In 1,065 games, he has slashed.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases. He's won the award twice in seven full seasons with the Angels. He lives in southern New Jersey, and Harper said he was excited about trying to recruit Trout to join him in Philadelphia.
Early in their respective careers with the Angels and Nationals, there was some debate about whether Trout or Harper was baseball's better young superstar, but Trout, a seven-time all-star and two-time American League MVP, has put the debate to rest in recent years.