Bryce Harper’s time atop the list for the largest contract in baseball history didn’t last long.The Phillies’ $330 million new outfielder already is about to have his mega-deal dwarfed by Mike Trout, who is finalizing a 12-year extension worth $430 million with the Angels, according to ESPN.
Soon after signing with the Phillies at the end of February, Harper risked tampering charges when he suggested he planned to recruit Trout, a South Jersey native, as a free agent in 2020.
“I think that’s one thing about this contract that I’m able to do. Having 13 years in a place, I’m able to help recruit guys to this organization,” Harper said in a radio interview earlier this month. “I can be able to talk to Trout or whoever it is — big name free agent or whoever — who wants to come to Philly or thinking about coming to Philly.
“And I don’t think [owner] John [Middleton] is scared to go out and get the best guys that we need to have. I think it’s respecting Mike Trout in a certain way during the season and letting him play and do the things he needs to do to of course to be Mike Trout. But if you don’t think I’m not gonna call Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you’re crazy.”