Following a frigid start to MLB free agency, big-ticket players are signing record-breaking deals and extensions at an unprecedented pace. Mike Trout just blew them all out of the water.
After free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado inked contracts worth more than $300 million and Nolan Arenado signed an eight-year extension worth $260 million, Trout became baseball's first $400-million man by committing to the Los Angeles Angels with a 12-year, $430-million-plus deal on Tuesday.
Trout will take home around $36 million per season, the highest average annual value in MLB history. So, how might that look when broken down per home run, at-bat, or even day? Here's how it shakes out, using Trout's career numbers per 162 games played for statistics:
Trout is the best player in the game, and now he's going to be paid more than anyone else for the foreseeable future. Then again, it looked like Harper would hold the title of baseball's richest player for a while, instead of less than a month. It remains to be seen if anyone else can top Trout's monster deal.