The best player in baseball has decided to stay with the
Trout's family flew here from the East Coast on Friday. The Angels declined formal comment until the ceremony.
The extension guarantees Trout $144.5 million. The Angels granted Trout a no-trade clause, but the outfielder cannot opt out of the deal, according to people familiar with its structure.
However, by resisting the Angels' overtures for a longer contract, Trout secured his financial future while preserving his ability to hit an even bigger jackpot in free agency.
The deal was announced just before the start of the Freeway Series game at
Trout could become a free agent at 29.
"I said wow, "
If Trout continues to play at his superlative level and baseball's revenues continue to increase, he could set a record for career earnings by a North American professional athlete — in excess of half a billion dollars.
Alex Rodriguez of the
Trout will make $1 million this season, under a contract signed last month. The extension takes effect next season, so the Angels will be able to avoid paying a luxury tax this season.
The Trout deal represents Moreno's third annual nine-figure splash, following Pujols ($240 million) and
This is the third and final season in which the Angels can pay Trout whatever they like above baseball's minimum wage. The new deal covers his three years of salary arbitration and buys out his first three years of free agency, avoiding the rancor of debating his worth in arbitration hearings and extending his contractual commitment to the Angels from 2017 to 2020.
In his first two full major league seasons, Trout was runner-up to Cabrera in voting for the
Cabrera might be considered a slightly better hitter, but Trout is a far superior defender and baserunner.
Trout is one of four players to bat .320 with 50 home runs and 200 runs scored in his first two full seasons. The others: Pujols and Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.
"You can't say enough good things about him," Richards said. "I've probably seen more Mike Trout at-bats than anyone else. He's come a long way. He deserves everything."
Will he be buying lots of dinners for his teammates in the near future?
"I would say so," Richards said, laughing.