Trout and the Angels are finalizing a 12-year extension worth more than $430 million, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The deal will keep Trout in an Angels uniform for presumably the remainder of his career, as it contains no opt-outs, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. He'll top the record for highest average annual value (currently held by Zack Greinke at $34.4 million) and smash Bryce Harper's $330 million contract as the largest in baseball history. The reported contract includes the two years left on Trout's current deal, so the new money he'll wind up making amounts to 10 years and $360 million, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The extension will close off the possibility for Trout to wind up in a more hitter-friendly park with a stronger lineup around him any time in the near future, though it's not as if his fantasy stock needs much of a boost.
Trout went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. After striking out in his first trip to the plate -- his first whiff through 14 at-bats this spring -- Trout responded by launching a three-run homer in his next at-bat to put the Angels up 3-2. Unsurprisingly, the superstar outfielder is off to a solid start to spring, slashing .357/.471/.857 with two home runs, six RBI and a 3:1 BB:K through six Cactus League games.
Trout went 2-for-3 with a single, a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs in Friday's win over the Athletics. Trout launched his 39th home run of the season off Mike Fiers with a two-run shot in the third inning, and he's now one homer away from the second 40-homer season of his career. Trout owns an elite .315/.463/.635 slash line with 24 doubles, 101 runs, 79 RBI and 24 steals over 603 plate appearances in 2018.
Trout is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros. Trout gets Sunday off for the second week in a row as Michael Hermosillo grabs the start in center field for the Angels. Trout is slashing .345/.462/.690 with eight home runs since coming off the disabled list in late August and should return to the lineup Monday against the Rangers.
Trout went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 10-5 loss to the Astros. For a brief moment it looked like Trout might once again play hero for the Angels, as his eighth-inning shot gave the team a 4-1 lead, but the Los Angeles bullpen completely fell apart in the bottom half of the inning. He's now gone yard in three straight games and five of his last six, and with 38 homers on the year, Trout's now just three back of tying his career high of 41 from 2015 with seven games remaining on the schedule.