ESPN's Jeff Passan is reporting that Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a 12-year contract extension worth more than $430 million, which would be the largest contract in the history of professional sports. And though both 2018 free agents are a year younger than the 27-year-old Trout, both have endured at least some inconsistency over the course of their careers. The clamoring already had begun, with Harper lobbying for Trout to join him in Philadelphia, 45 miles from Trout's hometown of Millville, New Jersey. It is ten years and $363.5M on top of the two years and $66.5M remaining on his current contract. A second source said the Red Sox have made several attempts at a long-term deal with Betts, but that the All-Star has been comfortable with the risks of going a year at a time in exchange for the reward that could come with patience. The Angels have made the playoffs just once during Trout's career and were swept out of the ALDS by the Royals in 2014. The star outfielder is reportedly signing a long-term extension with the Angels that would give him the largest Major League Baseball contract ever, and keep him in Orange County until he is 39-years-old. Past that, it's only Trout that is on the hook for the Angels. Weeks earlier, slugger Manny Machado's $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres briefly ranked as the largest contract ever signed by a free agent.
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The run stretched back to January 3 when Jurgen Klopp's team were beaten 2-1 by title-rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
As far as what this means for the rest of baseball, the answer is not very much right now. Through 1,065 games, he's hit for.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases, while no player in history has put up more Wins Above Replacement than Trout's 64.3. What he gets doesn't really apply to anyone else. Thus far, they haven't been able to do so successfully.