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Mike Trout And Angels Are Finalizing Largest Deal In History Worth $430 Million

Clark Sparky 19 Mar 2019

Mike Trout is about to become the highest paid athlete in the history of professional sports.

Mike Trout

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The average American might have trouble picking Mike Trout out of a lineup, but a lot more people will likely know who he is after the massive contract he agreed to with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

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$430 Million

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According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the two sides have agreed to a record-breaking 12-year deal worth $430 million. Trout, 27, would've become a free agent after the 2020 season, but now seems destined to finish his career in an Angels uniform.

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Most Per Year, Ever

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The deal will pay Trout an average of about $36 million per year, which tops the previous MLB record for per-year salary. That record had been held by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, who makes $34.4 million per year.

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Crushes Bryce Harper's Deal

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Just a couple weeks ago, former-Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper set a new record for baseball's biggest contract ever by inking a $330 million deal with the Phillies. Trout's contract crushes that by a cool $100 million.

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Largest Contract In Sports

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It is also now the largest contract in professional sports, period. The second biggest is boxer Canelo Alvarez's contract with online streaming service DAZN worth $365 million for 11 fights.

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Best Player In Baseball

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Trout is undoubtedly the best position player in baseball despite maintaining a lower profile than some of the game's other superstars. He's won the A.L. MVP twice, was Rookie of the Year, and has a career WAR of 64.3 (if that stat means nothing to you, just know that's the best ever for a player 26 years-old or younger).

It's not a stretch to suggest that when his career is finished, he will go down as one of the greatest players ever.

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