Kris Bryant thinks Mike Trout deserves every penny of the $430-million-plus deal he reportedly agreed to with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. In fact, the Chicago Cubs slugger believes Trout should be paid more.
"He deserves that and more," Bryant said when asked about Trout's reported deal, according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. "He has been the best player in our game for a long time."
Trout's reported deal will make him the highest paid player in sports history and, beginning in 2021, he'll have the highest average annual value in baseball, eclipsing Zack Greinke.
The Cubs slugger knows a good thing when he sees it. Bryant, like Trout, has an MVP award to his credit - winning it in 2016 - and has been one of MLB's top players since 2015.
Bryant followed up his assessment of Trout's deal by joking that teams are running out of potential free agents to sign in the future, which could work out in his favor when he becomes a free agent in 2022.
Along with Trout, Bryce Harper ($330 million), Manny Machado ($300 million), and Nolan Arenado ($260 million) have all recently agreed to long-term contracts.