Mike Trout: How Much Is MLB’s Best Player Worth?

You’ll have to look long and hard to find a superstar like Mike Trout. Given his endless list of accomplishments at the age of 27, you could easily call him the LeBron James of Major League Baseball. However, he doesn’t have a fraction of the name recognition LeBron has.

There are several reasons why that’s the case. For starters, Trout is a low-key guy from South Jersey. (In 2017, he married his high school sweetheart.) Meanwhile, he plays for a middling ballclub stationed in Anaheim.

His Angels have participated in a total of one (1) playoff game since Trout’s 2011 debut. So when his so-so team struggles against the Yankees’ triple-A squad starting round 10:10 p.m. Eastern time, few national sports fans watch.

But Trout has something not even LeBron has: a contract worth $427 million over the next 12 years. It’s baseball, so he’s going to get every dollar of that money.

Trout has the largest contract in North American sports history.

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics on March 30, 2019.| Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

If you want to get technical, Bryce Harper of the Phillies has the largest contract in North American sports history at $330 million (13 years). Trout’s massive pact was a contract extension.

But that’s something for Jeopardy! contestants to worry about. For all practical purposes, Trout’s king’s ransom is the most money anyone has ever dangled at an athlete on this continent. Once you dig into his numbers, you can see why.

At 27, he’s already won two MVP awards and placed second in voting three times. The other two years, he placed fourth in the AL. Obviously, he’s been an All-Star every full season he’s played. With 12 years to go, Trout has 246 home runs and is already the best player in Angels history by WAR.

Using OPS+, a metric that puts a number on a player’s offensive abilities, he’s been the best player in the league (176 OPS+ overall) in five of his seven seasons. In brief, Trout is the Mickey Mantle of his generation, and one day he could be the Willie Mays.

Trout’s net worth stands at $45 million and will balloon in the coming years.

Angels center-fielder Mike Trout catches a ball at the wall on April 8, 2019. | John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Obviously, Trout doesn’t take home the numbers flashed on TV and computer screens. Those are his gross earnings. So far, he’s earned over $150 million before accounting for taxes, agent fees, and other expenses.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Trout also posted $27 million in endorsement and sponsorship deals from 2017-18. With everything added together so far, his net worth stands at around $45 million, CNW estimated earlier this year.

So is there anything that could make Trout an endorsement monster on the level of LeBron or other top athletes? A World Series win would definitely be a start. Later, as his counting stats start to build up, he’ll have a chance to join elite clubs (e.g., 500 home runs).

In the meantime, he’ll have to keep hoping the Angels front office can put together a competitive team. When you’re one of nine men on the field and in the lineup, even a Mike Trout can only do so much.

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