Mike Trout, Angels finalizing record 12-year, $430 million contract

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will reportedly sign an extension with the team for a record amount

It also exceeds the 11-fight, US$365 million contract that boxer Canelo Alvarez signed with streaming startup DAZN in 2018, previously considered the richest single-athlete contract ever.

Progress toward an agreement was first reported by ESPN.

"You think of the Anaheim Angels, California Angels, Los Angeles Angels", Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons said of the deal. Forbes estimated Lionel Messi earned $84 million from Barcelona in 2017-18 and Cristiano Ronaldo $61 million from Real Madrid, but precise details of their contracts are not known.

The Angels will nullify that possibility by ripping up the final two seasons of his six-year, $144.5 million deal and replace it with the new 12-year deal through the 2030 season, sources told ESPN.

While the marketplace has been slow for many players this offseason, prompting complaints from the players' association, top stars have gained robust deals.

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Despite his individual success, the Angels have only made the postseason once with Trout on the roster.

Trout, 27, is a two-time American League Most Valuable Player and was scheduled to become a free agent in 2020. Harper had already begun making overtures to the Philadelphia-area native to join him with the Phillies at that time. He won the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year, and the 2014 and 2016 American Leave MVP award.

He has slashed.307/.416/.573 in eight seasons with the club while hitting 240 home runs, stealing 189 bases and driving in 648 runs.

Big-money deals have not worked out for the Angels in the past. He will still be paid $33.25 million each of the next two seasons. However, it appears Harper's tampering efforts failed, with Trout securing the bag and then some to completely reset the Major League Baseball market for star players in the process.

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