Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year deal

Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year deal

By GREG BEACHAM , Associated Press

(AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball’s top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.

Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this May 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.

He cannot be traded without his consent and gets a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year, and for the remainder of the contract by each Jan. 2 he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season.

His deal tops the previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training.

The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the first of three exhibitions against the Dodgers. Fans are invited to welcome home the two-time AL MVP, who already ranks among the most accomplished players of his generation.

“This is where I wanted to be all along,” Trout said in a statement. “I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come.”

Trout also thanked Angels owner Arte

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