MLB's Mike Trout nears record-shattering $432 million deal

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It is the largest contract in North American professional sports history, breaking the records set initially set by Manny Machado (10 years, $300 million) and then Bryce Harper (13 years, $330 million) earlier this offseason. Trout is a seven-time All-Star and has finished either first or second in AL MVP voting in six of the last seven seasons.

The 27-year-old was scheduled to become a free agent in 2020.

Smith's run of embarrassing gaffes continued on Tuesday when he tried to discuss Mike Trout's new $430 million contract extension with the Angels.

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The Rangers spent $112 million to land Yu Darvish - a six-year, $60 million deal for the right-hander that also included a $52 million posting fee to the Hokkaido Fighters in Japan. Josh Hamilton signed a $125 million, five-year contract before the 2013 season and contributed just 31 homers and 123 RBIs in two seasons with the Angels. To say he is deserving of $430 million deal would be the understatement of the century. "Any type of Angels, you think of Mike Trout".

He won the award in 2014 and 2016 and finished second again previous year, arguably his best season yet, in which he slashed.312/.460/.628 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs in 140 games. He'll be paid just short of $36 million a year, smashing the record previously held by Zack Greinke and his current $34.4 million salary from the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are reportedly no opt-outs in the contract.

Trout, of course, is worth every penny coming his way.

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In recent weeks, rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Bryce Harper trying to recruit Trout to come play with him and the Phillies.

He's led the American League in on-base percentage in the last three seasons (.441 in 2016, .442 in 2017 and.460 in 2018) and OPS in the last two seasons (1.071 in 2017 and 1.088 in 2018).

Trout, a native of Vineland, N.J., grew up a diehard Phillies fan and some thought he would join Harper in Philadelphia.

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