Mike Trout's Path From Top Angels Prospect To $430 Million Deal

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Trout, a seven-time all-star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player, is already considered the best player of his generation, and at his current trajectory could rank as the best of all-time by the time he is done.

Houston's James Harden and Washington's John Wall are tied as the NBA's highest paid players by average annual value on a pair of four-year deals worth $169,344,000 each.

Trout will reportedly make $36 million per year, topping the mark previously set by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper.

Based on the numbers, Trout has earned the reputation as being a generational talent, while putting together one of the greatest starts to a career in baseball history.

Why? Because even if you think Trout is the best player in baseball, you could argue Betts is right behind him: Both players have very similar career 162-game averages at the plate, while Betts has three Gold Gloves to Trout's zero.

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout has been offered the largest deal in North American sports history. In 1,065 games, he has slashed.307/.416/.573 with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases.

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There is no question that Trout deserves a contract of this size.

Joked Pujols of Trout: "Pretty sure I ain't paying one more dinner for him". The Angels have made the playoffs just once during Trout's career and were swept out of the ALDS by the Royals in 2014. Los Angeles' bustling farm system and the ability for owner Arte Moreno to parlay a $3 billion local TV deal into higher payrolls gave Trout enough security to lock down a deal through his age-38 season.

Kole Calhoun had a feeling it would happen, but it was early. He finished second in the MVP voting to Mookie Betts, marking the fourth time he's been the MVP runner-up.

Trout is viewed differently as a home-grown Angels player and forms a core with Japanese star two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The largest contract of the Jon Daniels Era is the seven-year, $130 deal that Shin-Soo Choo signed late in 2013. A man among boys.

It was Mike Trout on FaceTime.