Trout close to record 12-year, $426.5-million contract



March 20, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Angels center fielder Mike Trout rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer against the Astros in the seventh inning on July 22, 2018, at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Mike Trout is on the verge of becoming baseball’s first half-billion dollar man.

Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The deal was disclosed Tuesday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized. The contract was likely to be announced by the end of this week, the person said.

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