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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.”

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.