Mike Trout signed a contract with the Angels the largest ever. As soon as the news came, Trout was at the center of the conversation. This is because Bryce Harper, who has only a short time, has written a new record of his contract in the Major League Baseball with the maximum amount exceeding the FA contract amount (330 million dollars).
MLB announced 'a high-payment contract ranking of 10' in Major League history, reporting the news of the deal. The 10 athletes, only four have signed a contract this season. The main characters are Trout and Harper, Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado
Trout extension contract, which topped the list, is worth $430 million for 12 years. According to the existing contract, Trout received a total of $66.5 million by 2019 and 2020. If the amount is excluded, the actual amount added is about 360 million U.S. dollars over a decade. However, considering that, it is still the largest amount ever. The dominant expectation is that Trout will invalidate the existing contract and apply the new contract starting this year.
Harper's close-knit contract is still the largest amount in the FA contract, but when expanded to the full contract, he was pushed back to second place. Harper signed a $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper, who has been classified as the FA's biggest player this season, has been talking to many teams and eventually landed them in the arms of Philadelphia, which has given him 13 years of his long-term contract. Since there is no opt-out clause and has the entire team's trade veto, Harper is more likely to end his career in Philadelphia.
Another star, Machado, was wearing the San Diego Padres uniform with an FA contract of 300 million dollars for the first time. Among the total contracts, it ranks fourth after Giancarlo Stanton. Nolan Arenado, who finished sixth overall, signed an extension contract with the Colorado Rockies, which belong to the original team, with 260 million U.S. dollars for eight years.
Besides these players, Giancalro Stanton, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and Albert Pujols were also named. Except for Rodriguez, who signed contracts in the 2000s, they all signed large contracts within the last 10 years. With the size of the market itself changing, it is perhaps natural for players to rewrite their records recently. However, in just a month, three players were ranked in the top four. It is true that the upward trend is clear.
This year, there were also many players' sighing that the team's investment was decreasing due to the unprecedented cold weather in the FA and the popularity of tanking in the Major League, but the results were somewhat different. The clubs are also aggressively signing long-term contracts to keep players in their heyday in their mid-20s. There is still controversy over whether the skyrocketing ransom is an appropriate amount. The conclusion will come naturally when the season begins. Whether the players will be able to show off their worth of performances will be another spectator point this season.