Mike Trout upstages Bryce Harper again

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.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has reportedly reached a deal to extend his contract for $430 million. The agreement, per ESPN, tacks on 10 years to the final two seasons remaining on Trout's $144.5 million agreement with the Angels.

That deal was worth a reported $330 million over 13 years.

The Los Angeles Angels are about to lock up the most expensive athlete in the history of professional sports.

Now 27, Trout is the best player in baseball by nearly all measures.

That is about 30% more than Bryce Harper got a couple of weeks ago from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Trout turns 28 in August and is a two-time American League Most Valuable Player and seven-time All-Star who has led the AL in wins above replacement (WAR) in five of the past seven seasons.

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

The news of the deal between the two sides was broken by Jeff Passan of ESPN.

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. In 1,065 games, he has slashed.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases.

Betts rejected an eight-year, $200 million extension proposal following the 2017 season, according to a source.

Trout is from New Jersey and grew up a Phillies fan, and Harper made his intentions clear after he signed: he was going to call Trout and try to convince him to sign with the Phillies.

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