Mike Trout, Angels officially announce his new deal

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Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels officially announced Trout’s $426.5 million, 12-year contract last night.

The details: a $20 million signing bonus, salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years. He gets a full no-trade clause, though he’d achieve that anyway thanks to ten-and-five rights come 2021.

Trout will get a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year. For the rest of the contract he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season. Given that the Angels are still in search of either a new stadium or major renovations to the current ballpark, that could obviously change over time. Either way, it’s fairly safe to say that his buddies will always have a good place to sit in Anaheim.

Trout will make an official celebratory public appearance outside Angel Stadium on Sunday, when the team gets back from spring training for some final pre-season exhibition games.

Trout, in a statement, said “This is where I wanted to be all along. I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come.” He also thanked Angels owner Arte Moreno.

Moreno:

“This is an exciting day for Angels fans and every player who has ever worn an Angels uniform. Mike Trout, an athlete whose accomplishments have placed him among the greatest baseball players in the history of the game, has agreed to wear an Angels uniform for his entire career.”

Shohei Ohtani, who will likely be spending many, many years with Trout said, “I’m really happy and excited to play with such a great player for a long time. If anyone deserved such a big contract, it’s Mike.”

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize $10M, 1-year contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a $10 million, one-year contract on Monday.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.