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

Mike Trout

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

Bryce Harper

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

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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.

Mike Trout clarifies remarks about contract negotiations with Angels

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Mike Trout said Friday that he is more focused on spring training and the upcoming season than any potential contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean the star outfielder is ruling out signing an extension before next year.

Trout told reporters that he would prefer not to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season, which led many to conclude that next offseason is the Angels’ only chance to sign him to a new deal before he hits free agency following the 2020 season.

However, Trout later clarified that he was not trying to place parameters on any potential discussions with the team.

Trout also said he “didn’t mean that” when asked if he is opposed to working out a new deal during spring training or the season.

“It’s spring training,” Trout said, via Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. “You try to get ready for the season. You don’t worry about anything else. That’s the mindset right now.”

Judging by what Angels owner Arte Moreno said recently, Trout hasn’t had to worry about any of that yet. Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies likely sets the market for Trout, and it will be interesting to see if the Angels are willing to make that type of commitment to the perennial MVP candidate.

Angels owner says team has not discussed Mike Trout extension

Mike Trout

The Los Angeles Angels have two years left of Mike Trout before he and the organization both have big decisions to make.

Trout is the best player in baseball and very much in his prime, but as of now, owner Arte Moreno says the two sides have not formally discussed extending his contract past the 2020 season.

Trout will be 29 when his contract expires, and if he hit the open market, there would be a lot of interest. Some other fans have already started to recruit him. Of course, Trout likely wants to win, and the fact is the Angels haven’t come close to being a consistent contender while he’s been there, nor do they look close to becoming one now.

Mike Trout has funny quote about his offseason

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The MLB offseason has been heavy on rumors but slow on major signings, which has made for a pretty strange environment for a lot of top players.

That includes Mike Trout, who is from near Philadelphia. The Phillies were and still are expected to be active in the market this offseason, and with Trout’s ties to the area, some fans started to dream a bit too enthusiastically.

Some fans back home probably hoped Trout had some inside information. Sorry, folks.

It’s worth a reminder that Trout is signed through 2020, so he likely won’t be leaving the Los Angeles Angels before then. It certainly sounds plausible that Philadelphia could be a player at that point, but it’s a ways off.

Mike Trout continues with unique spin on jersey retirement

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is one of the greatest baseball players to ever come out of the state of New Jersey, and you might assume his high school has retired his number now that he has been terrorizing MLB pitchers for the past seven years. However, that is not the way the star outfielder wants it.

Rather than retiring his No. 1 jersey, Millville High School’s coaching staff has been awarding the jersey to one deserving senior each year. The tradition continued on Thursday night with Trout paying a visit to his old school.

Trout got the idea from East Carolina University, which is where he committed to playing prior to being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels and turning pro. East Carolina awards its No. 15 jersey to one senior each season in honor of a late coach. Millville coach Roy Hallenbeck explained a few years back what it takes to earn the No. 1 jersey with the Thunderbolts.

“It’s more than just who’s the best player,” Hallenbeck said in 2015. “It’s who do (the coaches) feel represents the message we’ve been sending. Who buys into this program and who should be rewarded for that their senior year? So far, it’s worked out really well.”

Trout has found some creative ways to inspire high schoolers over the years, and choosing not to have his No. 1 jersey retired is certainly one of them. Being able to wear the number worn by a guy who set a New Jersey state record with 18 home runs is quite the honor.