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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

Bryce Harper Phillies

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.

Bryce Harper explains his willingness to recruit Mike Trout

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Bryce Harper has made no secret of the fact that he’s going to try to bring Mike Trout to Philadelphia when the time comes.

The new Philadelphia Phillies outfielder finds it pretty simple to explain why. In his mind, it’s a natural fit for Trout to return to his hometown which he loves so much.

“I want to respect the fact that he has two more years with the Angels, but everybody knows he’s from there, he loves it there, so if he comes to Philly, it wouldn’t be a surprise,” Harper told Tim Keown of ESPN. “I’d be more than happy to open my arms and say, ‘Heck yeah — come to Philly.'”

Harper has made clear that he’s not impressed by tampering charges. He wants Trout as his teammate and he doesn’t care who knows it, and it’s not going to stop him from saying things like this.

Bryce Harper not backing off Mike Trout recruiting amid tampering talk

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Bryce Harper is facing a potential fine from Major League Baseball for the comments he made this week about wanting Mike Trout to join him in Philadelphia, but the star outfielder has given no indication that he plans to apologize.

Harper was asked on Wednesday about the reports that the Los Angeles Angels have contacted MLB to determine if he tampered by admitting he plans to recruit Trout. Harper said he spoke with the team about the situation, but not the league. He also essentially reiterated what he said about Trout.

“They talked to me a little bit — not MLB or anything like that,” Harper said. “When that time comes and the guy’s a free agent, we’ll see what happens. … If I didn’t mean it I wouldn’t have said it.”

Harper said during a radio interview on Tuesday that people would be “crazy” to think he is not going to try to get Trout to sign with the Phillies if the Angels star becomes a free agent following the 2020 season. He also hinted during his introductory press conference last weekend that he plans to recruit Trout.

While Harper could potentially face a fine from MLB, the disciplinary action probably won’t be anything too harsh. It’s no surprise that a guy who just signed a $330 million contract does not seem all that concerned.

Bryce Harper could reportedly be fined for Mike Trout comments

Bryce Harper Phillies

The Los Angeles Angels are not pleased about Bryce Harper openly saying he is planning to recruit Mike Trout to join him in Philadelphia, and the newest member of the Phillies could face disciplinary action from Major League Baseball over the remarks.

During a radio interview on Tuesday, Harper boldly stated that people would be “crazy” to think he is not going to recruit Trout to Philly if the Angels star becomes a free agent following the 2020 season. The Angels have contacted MLB about a tampering grievance, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Harper could be fined.

MLB rules state that players cannot entice other players to join their team while they are still under contract, and you can understand why the Angels don’t want anyone trying to influence their biggest star. Harper also implied during his introductory press conference with the Phillies last weekend that he plans to recruit Trout.

Trout is under contract with the Angels for two more seasons, and they are hoping to re-sign him. However, they may need to build a contender to convince him to stick around, and it’s worth noting that Trout’s hometown of Millville, New Jersey, is located about an hour outside of Philadelphia.

Angels reportedly contact MLB about Bryce Harper tampering with Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels have contacted MLB about a tampering grievance involving Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, according to a report.

Ever since signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper has made clear his intentions to recruit Trout. During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper implied he would recruit Trout when the time came.

Then during a radio interview on Tuesday, Harper stated clearly that he would be recruiting Trout in 2020.

That’s a problem for the Angels, who have Trout under contract for two more seasons and are aiming to re-sign him.

MLB rules state that players cannot entice other players to join their team while they are still under contract. The Angels don’t want Harper or anyone else messing with their star player’s head and making him think it would be better to play elsewhere.

Of course, the easiest way for the Angels to combat this would be to convince Trout to re-sign by winning. Still, MLB can take a stand here with some sort of discipline for Harper.

Bryce Harper hints at recruiting Mike Trout to Philadelphia

Bryce Harper has some grand visions of the talent he’s going to recruit to play with him on the Philadelphia Phillies.

During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper discussed how he hoped his salary would be low enough to ensure that the organization could recruit other top talent to the organization — including one player whose contract is up in two years.

Harper is alluding to Mike Trout, who will become a free agent after the 2020 season on his current deal. Talk about Trout’s contract situation with the Los Angeles Angels has already escalated since Harper’s signing amid chatter that the Phillies might have some money left in the bank to bring in a star of Trout’s caliber.

Trout is from the Philadelphia area and the prospect of him and Harper playing together is tantalizing. It’s far too soon to be a realistic proposition, but Harper seems ready and willing to recruit when the time comes. He was, after all, the one who brought it up unprompted.