Mike Trout nearing US$430M-plus contract with Angels

Trout is viewed differently as a home-grown Angels player and forms a core with Japanese star two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. 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.

The superstar center fielder, who was due to become a free agent following the 2020 season, is a two-time American League MVP with a.307 career batting average, .416 on-base percentage, and.573 slugging percentage.

At an average yearly value of $36 million, he will become the highest paid athlete per year, bettering the $34.4 million per season that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke will have made over the length of his six-year, $206.5 million contract.

So much for the Angels balking at record-breaking Mike Trout contract numbers earlier this month. Trout is special. He's a once-in-a-generation player and already has one of the best resumes in history when it comes to his first seven years.

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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.

Betts rejected an eight-year, $200 million extension proposal following the 2017 season, according to a source.

Trout has made seven All-Star teams with the Angels, and is in the second-to-last year of a six-year, $144 million deal he signed with Los Angeles in 2015. The off-season deals signed by Trout, Harper, Machado, and Colorado's Nolan Arenado this past year are worth a total of $1.32 billion. He lives in southern New Jersey, and Harper said he was excited about trying to recruit Trout to join him in Philadelphia.

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