The theoretical availability of Trout on the free agent market at the end of 2020 was already shaping long-range strategies at the top of baseball's talent marketplace, possibly helping to explain, for example, the relative absence of such behemoths as the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers from this winter's high-end market.
Trout, the best player in the game and someone putting together a resume that rivals some of the greatest to ever take the field, has reportedly agreed to a 12-year extension to stay in California worth a record-setting $430 million.
The agreement is said to be the largest contract in professional sports history.
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Of course, fellow pro athletes chimed in, as did the general sports Twitter population, following the reports.
Now 27, Trout is the best player in baseball by nearly all measures. He was voted AL Rookie of the Year in 2012, won the AL MVP award in 2014 and '16 and finished second in MVP voting four times, tying the record shared by Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Albert Pujols. After landing with his new team, Harper was public in his recruitment of Trout, a southern New Jersey native and die-hard Eagles fan.
If anything, Trout could still be considered underpaid relative to his lead over the rest of the sport in performance-value.
Trout has a.307 average with 240 homers, 648 RBIs, 189 steals and 693 walks in eight big league seasons. He won the award in 2014 and 2016 and finished second again a year ago, arguably his best season yet, in which he slashed.312/.460/.628 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs in 140 games.