By Ivan Morrobel
Published: March 27th, 2019
2019 appears to be the year of contract extensions in Major League Baseball (MLB) as various players continue to sign remunerative deals in order to stay with their respective ball clubs, yet it was center fielder Mike Trout who agreed to a record-breaking 12-year, $426.5 million deal to remain with the Los Angeles Angels in the long run.
Trout, who won two American League MVP award in 2014 and 2016, is better known as the best player in baseball today. The 27-year-old was eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season and was rumored to be interested in the Philadelphia Phillies but after agreeing to the largest contract in professional sports history, Trout is well-off with the Angels. After all, the deal doesn’t include an opt-out clause, which can ultimately make him a member of the Angels for rest of his career.
The seven-time All-Star’s contract obliterates the 13-year, $330 million deal that Bryce Harper received from the Phillies and Manny Machado’s ten-year, $300 million contract that he signed with the San Diego Padres.
The center fielder is no stranger to success as he has won numerous awards throughout his astonishing career. Trout won the AL Rookie of the Year award in his first full season in 2012, has also won six AL Silver Slugger and two All-Star game MVP awards. However, Trout’s presence hasn’t led to anything significant for the Angels. While a team’s dream is to have a player such as Trout on their roster, the ultimate goal is to eventually win the World Series. Since the Angels decided to call-up Trout in 2011, they’ve only made the playoffs once, which happened in 2014 where they got swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.
Regardless of Trout and the Angels failing to have much success as a whole, the 12-year deal gives the Halos time to focus on who they should surround Trout with. In 2017, the Angels signed the Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani to play alongside Trout, but that was cut-back as Ohtani battled injuries last season, though they’ll be looking to make several attempts at making Trout’s tenure with the Angels as pleasurable as they can.
Now that Trout knows where the rest of his career will be spent, barring a trade, he can carry on with the rest of his Hall of Fame-bound line of work. Trout, who’s entering his eighth season as a major-leaguer, has a total of 1,187 hits, 240 home runs, and 793 runs scored to go along with a slash line of .307/.416/.573 for his career.