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.
Bryce Harper said he texted his congratulations to Mike Trout. “When I talked to him this offseason, I told him, ‘Man, I want to get as much as I can so that you can blow me out of the water pretty much.’ And he did. I’m very happy for him.”
Asked Harper about the slew of recent extensions (Arenado, Trout, Bregman, Nola, Severino, etc.). “It’s personal preference,” he said, adding that it’s “very good for the players. I’m excited for Mookie (Betts) to see what he gets, how he goes about it. (Aaron) Judge, as well.”
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.
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.
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:
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 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.'”
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.
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.
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.
Bryce Harper could be fined for using Mike Trout's name publicly. The lesson learned here: If you're going to recruit a player, it's safest not to use him name. Either way, the expectation is that there will be no significant discipline levied.
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.
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.
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 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.
Bryce Harper on his own talking Mike Trout
“I making 26 (million) a year. That’s going to be able to bring some other guys in as well to build up this organization. There’s another guy in about two years that comes off the books. We’ll see what happens with that” pic.twitter.com/dG3vntWHC4
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 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.
Mike Trout said he does not want to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season over the next two seasons before his contract expires. That means that, if the Angels were to extend him before he hits free agency, that would come next offseason.
However, Trout later clarified that he was not trying to place parameters on any potential discussions with the team.
To clarify this: Trout ideally doesn’t want to concentrate on a contract extension while he’s playing. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it’s not his preference. His pre-arb extension in 2014 was signed during spring training (3/28/14).
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.
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.