The Los Angeles Angels are wasting no time in reassuring the stability and future of the organization. On Tuesday, the Angels and the superstar center fielder Mike Trout agreed to a 12-year extension that is said to be worth more than $430 million and will probably be the place where he will finish his career.
The deal is set to make be the most expensive contact in not only Major League Baseball, but the biggest in sports history. Trout would make $36 million per year and comes on the heels of the Philadelphia Phillies signing Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal last month. Trout is entering the fifth year of a six-year, $144.5 million extension and if he stays for the duration of the supposed contract, Trout will be near 40 years of age.
Over the course of 1,065 games, since his debut in 2011, Trout a .307 batting average, .416 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage while accruing 1187 hits and 240 home runs.
The Angels are known more hefty contracts, signing Albert Pujols to a 10-year $240 million contract and Josh Hamilton to a five-year $125 million dollars contract. Hamilton is no longer with the team. Pujols on the other hand is, and showed his contentment with the signing in an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
“It’s well-deserved,” Pujols said. “I don’t think there’s anybody in baseball besides him that deserves that [contract]. Trout is the best and the number speak for itself.
“I got mine in my time, and [I’m] just really excited, really pumped up for him and his family, for his mom and dad… just real exciting. To sign and be here hopefully for the rest of his career is gonna be pretty special, too.”
For the third consecutive year, the Angels are set to begin the season visiting the Oakland A’s for a four-game series beginning on March 28-31. Their home opener will be on April 4 against the Texas Rangers.