Report: Mike Trout, Angels finalizing monster $430 million extension

Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, isn’t going anywhere for a long, long time.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Tuesday that Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing an absolutely massive contract extension that will keep Trout with the Angels for the rest of his career.

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According to ESPN, the extension is for 12 years and $430 million. Trout has two years left on his current six-year, $144 million contract, and once the extension kicks in, he’ll be the highest-paid player in baseball (and he’ll own the record for highest per year salary ever). 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.

See players who switched teams this offseason: 

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MLB players who have switched teams over the 2018-19 offseason

INF Manny Machado

Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the San Diego Padres

(Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

OF Bryce Harper

Left the Washington Nationals in free agency to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

OF Yasiel Puig

Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds

(Photo by Keith Birmingham/Digital First Media/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

2B DJ LeMahieu

Left the Colorado Rockies in free agency to sign with the New York Yankees

(Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

OF Matt Kemp

Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

RHP Joe Kelly

Left the Boston Red Sox in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers

(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

C Yasmani Grandal

Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers

(Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

2B Robinson Cano

Traded to the New York Mets from the Seattle Mariners

(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

RHP Edwin Diaz

Traded to the New York Mets from the Seattle Mariners

(Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RHP Jeurys Familia

Left the Oakland Athletics in free agency to sign with the New York Mets

(Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

RF Andrew McCutchen

Left the New York Yankees in free agency to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies

(Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

INF Jed Lowrie

Left the Oakland A's in free agency to sign with the New York Mets

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

RHP Ivan Nova

Traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago White Sox

(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

LHP Patrick Corbin

Left the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

(Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

1B Paul Goldschmidt

Traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

SS Jean Segura

Traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Philadelphia Phillies

(Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion

Traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Seattle Mariners

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

1B Justin Bour

Left the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

1B Yonder Alonso

Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox

(Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OF Michael Brantley

Left the Cleveland Indians in free agency to sign with the Houston Astros

(Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

RHP Matt Harvey

Left the Cincinnati Reds in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

RHP Anibal Sanchez

Left the Atlanta Braves in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

DH Nelson Cruz

Left the Seattle Mariners in free agency to sign with the Minnesota Twins

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

RHP Kendall Graveman

Left the Oakland A's in free agency to sign with the Chicago Cubs

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

RHP Charlie Morton

Left the Houston Astros in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Outfielder Domingo Santana

Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Seattle Mariners

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Infielder Daniel Murphy

Left the Chicago Cubs in free agency to sign with the Colorado Rockies

(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

RHP Joakim Soria

Left the Milwaukee Brewers in free agency to sign with the Oakland A's

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

RHP Andrew Miller

Left the Cleveland Indians in free agency to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

2B Jurickson Profar

Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Oakland A's

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

RHP Trevor Cahill

Left the Oakland A's in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

(Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

2B Brian Dozier

Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

RHP Shelby Miller

Left the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency to sign with the Texas Rangers

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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There is no question that Trout deserves a contract of this size. He’s been the consensus best player in baseball since his first full season in 2012. He’s played for eight seasons and has a career triple slash of .307/.416/.573. He won the American League Rookie of the Year in 2012, and the AL Most Valuable Player award in 2014 and 2016. He’s finished in second place four times in MVP voting, and has never finished outside the top ten. He’s won six Silver Slugger awards, and has been an All-Star every full season he’s played. He’s a no doubt future Hall of Famer, and now he’ll be an Angel for the rest of his career.

Trout, 27, was two years away from hitting free agency. Even though there were 20 months between the start of the current baseball season and Trout’s free agency, there were already whispers about where he would end up. The team mentioned most consistently was the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that just signed Bryce Harper to his own mega-deal.

Trout is from New Jersey and grew up a Phillies fan, and Harper made his intentions clear after he signed: he was going to call Trout and try to convince him to sign with the Phillies. It looks like Trout has saved Harper a phone call.

Look back at Trout's career so far: 

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Mike Trout through the years
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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 08: Centerfielder Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim blows a bubble while stretcing prior to the MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 02: Mike Trout #90 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mike Trout (27) dives to catch a ball hit by New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson (14) in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game in Anaheim, California May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim batter Mike Trout reacts after taking a strike during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout gestures on second base after advancing on a single by Albert Pujols against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of an MLB baseball game in Anaheim, California July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout smiles at first base against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun (L) forearm-bumps Mike Trout at the plate after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California August 6, 2013. Trout hit a home run on the following pitch. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
August 5, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) celebrates after scoring a run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout (27) of the Los Angeles Angels holds up the MVP trophy after the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) reacts on second base after he doubled in a run in the first inning of the game Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) jumps to catch a fly ball hit by Baltimore Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza (12) (not pictured) during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
July 1, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases after he hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) watches the ball clear the fence on a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2015-09-13T201447Z_262781542_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-HOUSTON-ASTROS-AT-LOS-ANGELES-ANGELS.JPG
September 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) is congratulated after he hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2015-10-01T000930Z_620675507_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-OAKLAND-ATHLETICS-AT-LOS-ANGELES-ANGELS.JPG
Aug 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases on his solo home run in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) reacts to a strike in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.Los Angeles Angels won 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2016-08-25T035535Z_695544772_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-LOS-ANGELES-ANGELS-AT-TORONTO-BLUE-JAYS.JPG
Feb 20, 2018; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout looks on during a workout at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the American League celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the National League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
May 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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