Mike Trout’s MEGA Payday

Mike Trout joins the elite group of Bryce Harper, Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado in getting long term, record breaking deals


Sorry Phillies fans, sorry Yankees fans, sorry MLB fans, Mike Trout seemingly will be an Angel for life. Los Angeles secured the greatest player in the game with a ho-hum 12 year, $430 Million deal.

So much for the report that, “Trout prefers not to negotiate new contract during spring training or regular season.” As much as it is disappointing that MLB fans will likely not be able to see the center fielder flourish in the MLB Postseason, at least any time soon, it is obviously a great deal for Trout – and well deserved too. Since entering the league in 2011, he is already a 7× All-Star, 2× AL MVP, 6× Silver Slugger, and AL Rookie of the Year winner. In his five seasons where he didn’t win MVP, he was runner up for voting in four of them and finished fourth in the other.

Even though this off season may have dragged, nobody can deny it has become very exciting recently. Trout, Bryce Harper, Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado all picked up deals worth at least 8 years and $260 million. Jayson Stark of the Athletic noted how lucrative the amount of money spent on those players alone really is.

Trout now has the largest contract in sports history, and the rest of the top five looks like this:

  1. Mike Trout, 12 years / $430 Million, Los Angeles Angels
  2. Canelo Álvarez, 11 fights / $365 Million, DAZN Streaming
  3. Bryce Harper, 13 years / $330 Million, Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, 13 years / $325 Million, Miami Marlins (now with New York Yankees)
  5. Manny Machado, 10 years / $300 Million, San Diego Padres

After posting a league leading and career best 1.088 OPS, along with a .312 average and 39 home runs, Trout is in the midst of his prime. He is on a legendary pace for essentially every offensive statistical category, and I am looking forward to watching him play for a long time.