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.
The Angels and Trout are nearing an agreement on a 12-year deal worth more than $430 million, Passan is reporting, which would set a new Major League Baseball record for both total and annual salary at almost $36 million per season.
The deal, per Passan's report, replaces the final two years and $68 million on Trout's current contract, so it is essentially adds a decade and $362 million to the one already in place.
The Los Angeles Angels are about to lock up the most expensive athlete in the history of professional sports.
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Philadelphia acquired him at the trade deadline from Detroit, and he went on to catch 30 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown. That's good, but it's concerning that Tate's two-worst-graded seasons (since his rookie year) have come in 2018 and 2016.
The reported agreement comes just weeks after the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal.
Trout would set a baseball record for career earnings at about $513 million, surpassing the roughly $448 million Alex Rodriguez took in with Seattle, Texas and the New York Yankees from 1994-2017.
If anything, Trout could still be considered underpaid relative to his lead over the rest of the sport in performance-value. Following the rejection, Betts put together his best season in 2018 by leading the majors in batting (.346) and slugging (.640) while hitting 32 homers, stealing 30 bases and winning his third straight Gold Glove. The 27-year-old enters the 2019 season with a.990 career OPS (175 OPS+) and 64.3 career WAR. He's won the award twice in seven full seasons with the Angels.
The A's will have to deal with Mike Trout in the American League West for a long, long time. He lives in southern New Jersey, and Harper said he was excited about trying to recruit Trout to join him in Philadelphia.