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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Mike Trout

Mike Trout giving Rangers’ manager ‘nightmares’

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout so thoroughly dominated the Texas Rangers in the first three games of their weekend series that manager Chris Woodward will be seeing him in his nightmares.

Trout has homered in every game against Texas so far. On Friday, he homered twice, and on Saturday, he hit a grand slam in a 5-1 win. Overall, through the first three games of the series, Trout has hit four home runs in nine at-bats and has driven in seven runs.

Understandably, Woodward has just about seen enough.

Woodward is probably not alone. Trout has tormented many a manager during his career, but he’s on a particularly hot streak this weekend. He is, after all, the highest-paid athlete in American sports history, and he’s showing how deserved that title is.

Mike Trout comes up limping after sliding into second

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Mike Trout was limping after sliding into second base following a double in the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Oakland A’s on Thursday.

Trout batted with a runner on first and two outs in the top of the eighth. He smoked a line drive to center and decided to stretch for a double. He slid into the base and beat the tag, but he paid the price. Trout came up walking gingerly — possibly because he had aggravated a previously irritated area.

A trainer came out to look at Trout, but he remained in the game.

Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk. The Angels were shutout 4-0 and only had three hits in the game. Once again it looks like an offense of Trout and everyone else for the Angels.

Mike Trout: Manny Machado, Bryce Harper free agencies were ‘red flag’

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Mike Trout chose to forego free agency once again by signing a long-term extension with the Los Angels Angels two years before his previous deal expired, and the star outfielder says what happened with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado was part of the reason he wanted to go that route.

Trout spoke with reporters on Sunday about his record $430 million contract, and he said he informed the Angels he either wanted to sign a new deal now or was going to test free agency following the 2020 season. However, he preferred to lock in an extension and viewed the “tough couple months” for Harper and Machado as a “red flag.”

Trout added that he would not have felt right moving to another team in two years to chase a championship. Some have wondered why he committed to the Angels despite reaching the playoffs just once in his eight seasons, but Trout said “teams go through ups and downs” and he prefers to ride that out.

No one is going to weep for Machado and Harper after they got $300 million and $330 million, respectively, and even Harper said he is pleased with the way things unfolded. Given what Trout has said about his commitment to the Angels, it’s clear his contract situation could not have worked out more perfectly.

Mike Trout says staying with Angels was ‘never a question’

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There were a lot of rumors about Mike Trout heading home to his native Philadelphia when his contract expired, but that was, apparently, always overblown.

At a rally confirming Trout’s 12-year, $430 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, the outfielder said southern California was “home” now, and there was “never a question” that he’d stay long-term.

The deal came after days of Bryce Harper very publicly recruiting Trout to Philadelphia. It may be that Trout is saying things to appease his home fans, but it really doesn’t sound like he ever got close to wanting to push his way to free agency in order to return home.

Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Mike Trout’s massive extension

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You would think Bryce Harper might be jealous of the fact that Mike Trout has agreed to an extension with the Angels that will pay him a whopping $100 million more than what Harper got from the Phillies, but the man who had a record contract for less than a month insists that is not the case.

Harper told reporters on Wednesday that he is “very happy” for Trout and told him previously that he hoped his contract blew Harper’s away. He also said he is excited to see what Trout’s $430 million deal means for future star free agents like Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge.

If teams felt Harper was worth as much as Trout, he would have gotten offers that were a lot higher than the 13-year, $330 million deal he signed with Philadelphia. In reality, the Angels probably overpaid to keep Trout, as they were clearly willing to do whatever was necessary to keep him in LA.

By the numbers, Betts can make the argument that he is closer to Trout than he is to Harper. He has already turned down at least one extension offer from the Red Sox, and he said this week that he fully expects to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Folks on Twitter had quite a bit of fun at Harper’s expense after news of Trout’s contract broke, but you can only be so upset when you just inked a deal that will pay you $330 million guaranteed. Even if Harper is feeling sorry for himself, he’s smart not to say it.

Twitter reacts to Mike Trout’s mammoth contract extension

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Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a contract extension, and to call it massive would be doing the new deal a great injustice.

As ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported, Trout and the Angels are finalizing a new 12-year contract worth $430 million. That would be the largest contract in professional sports history, and it is also beats the previous MLB record deal Bryce Harper just signed with the Philadelphia Phillies by $100 million.

Trout is obviously a once-in-a-generation talent, but the contract is still shocking. Twitter reacted accordingly:

Harper, of course, had created some controversy by openly recruiting Trout to join him with the Phillies in two years. The Angels were clearly never going to let that happen.

Mike Trout, Angels reportedly agree to largest contract in pro sports history

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The Los Angeles Angels never had any intention of letting Mike Trout hit free agency following the 2020 season, and the massive contract extension they have agreed to with the star outfielder proves that.

The Angels and Mike Trout are finalizing a 12-year contract that is worth an eye-popping $430 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal is the largest for any player in professional sports history. Trout will be paid an average annual salary of around $36 million, which tops Zack Greinke’s previous record average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The total dollar value is $100 million greater than the 13-year, $330 million deal Bryce Harper just signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Trout’s new deal will add 10 additional years to the two he has remaining on the six-year, $144.5 million deal he previously signed.

The Angels have made the playoffs just once during Trout’s eight major league seasons, and there was some concern that he might consider leaving the team because of that. Harper had been openly recruiting him to Philadelphia, which is located fairly close to Trout’s hometown in New Jersey.

Trout is perennial MVP candidate and arguably the best player in baseball. The 27-year-old has a career batting average of .307, 240 career home runs, and a career OPS of .989. While the Angeles should be applauded for doing whatever they needed to keep Trout, it’s shocking that they blew Harper’s deal out of the water by $100 million.