Mike Trout Signs Record-Breaking MLB Contract

Mar 21, 2019
Mike Trout Signs Record-Breaking MLB Contract
On Tuesday March 19, 2019, the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout agreed to the largest contract in professional sports history. The all-star center fielder is now set to make $430 million over 12 years. Trout will receive approximately $36 million on average each year of this deal. The Philadelphia native will no longer be needing to accept those recruiting calls from Bryce Harper attempting to bring him over to the Phillies. I wonder if the Angels will now or in the near future try to acquire other players to become a serious contender in major league baseball. Trout is the kind of player that you can build a franchise around.

His MLB Career:

Trout is a perennial all-star making it to the summer classic 7 times so far in his career (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). He was named as the AL MVP two times (2014, 2016), and he has finished second in that regard about four other times. He has won the Silver Slugger Award 6 times (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018), and was the proud recipient of the AL Hank Aaron Award in 2014. Also, in 2014 he led the American League in RBI’s, and in 2012 he led the American League in stolen bases.

Jeff Passan of ESPN had this to say, "A generational talent with an unparalleled set of skills among his peers, Trout has put together arguably the greatest start to a career in baseball history. In 1,065 games, he has slashed .307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases. No player in history has put up more wins above replacement through his age-26 season than Trout's 64.3".

The Angels 2019 Roster:

Aside from having the All-Star center fielder, Trout, the Angels lack many other great players and it will most likely be a while before the Angels of Los Angeles make a run at a World Series championship. Below is a list of the 40-man roster that was invited to spring training.

Pitchers:

37 Cody Allen

38 Justin Anderson

39 Luke Bard

51 Jaime Barria

32 Cam Bedrosian

31 Ty Buttrey

53 Trevor Cahill

71 Jesus Castillo

67 Taylor Cole

43 John Curtiss

40 Luis Garcia

33 Matt Harvey

28 Andrew Heaney

36 Williams Jerez

65 Jake Jewell

73 Luis Madero

99 Keynan Middleton

17 Shohei Ohtani

64 Felix Pena

52 Dillon Peters

66 JC Ramirez

24 Noe Ramirez

57 Hansel Robles

45 Tyler Skaggs

72 Jose Suarez

35 Nick Tropeano

Catchers:

10 Jose Briceno

20 Jonathan Lucroy

44 Kevan Smith

Infield:

41 Justin Bour

22 Kaleb Cowart

7 Zack Cozart

6 David Fletcher

9 Tommy La Stella

5 Albert Pujols

84 Luis Rengifo

2 Andrelton Simmons

3 Taylor Ward

Outfield:

56 Kole Calhoun

21 Michael Hermosillo

27 Mike Trout

8 Justin Upton

Source: Passan, Jeff. "Angels, Trout near new $430M deal". ESPN. March 19, 2019
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