- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Los Angeles Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are finalizing a contract that blows Bryce Harper’s recent record deal out of the water.

Trout has decided to remain in Los Angeles on a new 12-year, $430 million deal, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Tuesday.

Trout would have become a free agent after the 2020 season. Days after signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper made clear his interest in having Trout join him in Philadelphia — and such speculation made sense, because Trout grew up in South Jersey and recently built a mansion near the city.

Instead, Trout spurned Harper, by agreeing not only to a long-term deal to stay with the Angels, but also one that makes Harper’s $330 million look puny.

Trout’s $35.8 average annual value is also a new record for Major League Baseball.

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