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Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million Nick Markakis Jersey , 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The deal was disclosed Tuesday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized. The contract was likely to be announced by the end of this week, the person said.Hours later, news broke that Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.Trout would set a baseball record for career earnings at about $513 million, surpassing the roughly $448 million Alex Rodriguez took in with Seattle, Texas and the New York Yankees from 1994-2017.Trout’s latest deal would top the new $330 million, 12-year contract between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, and Trout’s $36 million average annual value would surpass pitcher Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million in a six-year deal with Arizona that started in 2016. The contract also would best Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez’s $356 million deal with sports-streaming service DAZN.Progress toward an agreement was first reported by ESPN.Whether Trout’s contract is the largest in the world for a team athlete is difficult to determine. Forbes estimated Lionel Messi earned $84 million from Barcelona in 2017-18 and Cristiano Ronaldo $61 million from Real Madrid, but precise details of their contracts are not known.A 27-year-old entering what should be his prime years, Trout is considered baseball’s top player and would have been coveted as a free agent after the 2020 season. He lives in southern New Jersey, and Harper said he was excited about trying to recruit Trout to join him in Philadelphia.Although Trout recently built a home in his native New Jersey, he is staying on the West Coast with the Angels, who are coming off three straight losing seasons and haven’t won a playoff game during his career.Trout and wife Jessica have made no secret of how much they enjoy living in laid-back Southern California, and the low-key outfielder apparently decided to skip the pressure of free agency entirely.Trout has been an All-Star in each of his seven full big league seasons and hit .312 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs, 24 steals and 122 walks last year. He has led the major leagues in OPS in each of the last two seasons.Bregman’s agreement includes this season, buys out three years of arbitration eligibility (2020-22) and pushes back his opportunity to become a free agent by two years.The person who spoke about that deal did so on condition of anonymity because details had not been released by the team. The agreement was first reported by KRIV-FOX 26.The 24-year-old Bregman made his first All-Star team last season and was selected MVP of the game after hitting a home run to help the American League win. He set career highs with a .286 batting average, 31 homers, 103 RBIs and a major league-leading 51 doubles, finishing fifth in AL MVP balloting.The second overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft out of LSU, Bregman has hit .282 with 58 homers and 208 RBIs in 2½ seasons with the Astros, helping them win consecutive AL West titles and the 2017 World Series. He was limited early this spring after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January.MORE FROM AROUND SPRING TRAININGYANKEES 6, RAYS 2Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced that setup man Dellin Betances will begin the season on the injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Betances got an MRI after he continued to lack velocity with his fastball.Cashman also announced that starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez had passed his physical. If added to the 40-man roster, the 33-year-old left-hander would get a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30.Gary Sanchez hit two run-scoring doubles for New York, and Aaron Judge singled in a run and scored twice. Greg Bird hit a solo drive for his third spring homer.Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa struck out five while pitching four scoreless innings.Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow struggled in his fourth start. The right-hander issued four walks in 3 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs Babe Ruth Jersey , sending his spring ERA to 11.00.NATIONALS 3, BRAVES 2Collin Cowgill capped Washington’s three-run ninth with a two-run homer. Anibal Sanchez pitched five innings of two-run ball.Austin Riley, one of Atlanta’s top prospects, hit a solo drive for his first spring homer. Bullpen hopeful Max Fried made his third start, striking out seven in five scoreless innings.PIRATES 3, TIGERS 1Josh Bell, Adam Frazier and Corey Dickerson had two hits apiece for Pittsburgh, and Steven Brault pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.The Tigers also announced that right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The operation was recommended following an MRI exam and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.Fulmer, who experienced elbow soreness during a recent bullpen session, will seek a third opinion.CUBS (SS) 6, MARINERS 4Yu Darvish made his fourth start for Chicago’s split squad, pitching 4 2/3 innings against a team of Mariners minor leaguers and allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits, striking out six and walking two. Darvish also had an RBI single. Ian Happ and Jason Heyward had RBI doubles and Wilson Contreras singled in a run.Kyle Lewis, Seattle’s No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, hit his third home run — a solo shot off reliever Carl Edwards Jr. — and his third double, scoring twice and raising his average to .429.ROYALS 8, CUBS (SS) 6Ryan O’Hearn homered, doubled and drove in five runs for Kansas City. Jorge Soler added two hits, and Jakob Junis gave up two runs in five innings.RANGERS 3, BREWERS 2Willie Calhoun had two singles, driving in all three runs for Texas. Lance Lynn made his third start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs, four hits, while striking out nine.Jesus Aguilar hit his third double, driving in a run for Milwaukee. Chase Anderson made his fourth start, allowing two runs and six hits http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , in four innings.INDIANS 4, DODGERS 2Shane Bieber struck out six in five innings for Cleveland. He permitted five hits and walked none. Dodgers newcomers A.J. Pollock and Russell Martin homered off Bieber. Pollock also had a double.Walker Buehler threw 46 pitches over 2 2/3 innings in his long-awaited Cactus League debut for Los Angeles. He allowed three hits and one earned run. The young right-hander was slowed by shoulder soreness earlier this spring.PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3Eric Hosmer homered and Bryan Mitchell struck out four over two scoreless innings to close it out. Manny Machado went 1 for 4 and is batting .161.Adam Jones was 0 for 3 in his Cactus League debut for Arizona. He batted leadoff and played five innings in center field.REDS 6, WHITE SOX 5Prized prospect Nick Senzel doubled twice and scored three times for Cincinnati. Joey Votto got two hits and Yasiel Puig had a two-run single.Luis Castillo will start on opening day for the Reds, rookie manager David Bell announced.Chicago slugger Jose Abreu connected for a pair of home runs. Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings.ANGELS 9, ROCKIES 7Justin Upton hit his first homer of the spring for Los Angeles. Peter Bourjos and Taylor Ward also went deep, and Kole Calhoun had two hits.Colorado starter German Marquez was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Daniel Murphy homered and Nolan Arenado got two hits. Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Milwaukee Brewers traveled to Wrigley Field on Monday and will head back home as both the top seed in the National League postseason and the NL Central champions following their 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.MVP candidate Christian Yelich and veterans Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun led the way, each registering RBI singles in the victory, while five Brewers pitchers combined to give up just three hits and one run.Anthony Rizzo's fifth-inning homer was the lone run for Chicago.The Brewers will next play Thursday and await the winner of Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game. That matchup will be between the Cubs and the loser of Monday evening's NL West-deciding game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers.Brewers in Driver's Seat After Securing Home-Field Advantage in NL PlayoffsThe Brewers have had a magical September, erasing a five-game deficit earlier in the month to emerge as NL Central champions. But more importantly, their path grew easier Monday as they secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason.Lose, and the Brewers would have been facing the dreaded play-in game Tuesday. Had they won that, they'd have a series against the Cubs without home-field advantage.Instead, they get two days off and will host either the Cubs, Dodgers or Rockies at Miller Park come Thursday.Maximiliano Bretos mbretosESPNGood for you Milwaukee, good for you Brewers . Has to feel like a million bucks to celebrate on Wrigley Field.Dan Wolken DanWolkenBrewers have been great down the stretch. Very deserving winner.Avoiding the play-in game was crucial. A team's season can be over in the blink of an eye, lost due to a flukey bounce of the ball or at the hands of a suddenly unhittable pitcher.But the Brewers are also red-hot. Since Sept. 1, they are 20-7, winning eight games in a row and 10 of their last 11. They have a deep bullpen and a fearsome top of the lineup, led by Yelich, who might be the best player in baseball this season.All of this is happening ahead of schedule, as Dan O'Donnell of NewsTalk 1130 noted:Dan ODonnell DanODonnellShowTwo years into a 鈥渞ebuild,鈥?the Brewers:-Won 96 games-Won their division -Had the best record in the NL-Secured home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs-Have the MVP frontrunner and serious Manager and Executive of the Year candidatesWhile the pieces are falling into place, none of that matters if the Brewers suddenly start playing poorly. But Milwaukee looks like it could make a World Series run this October.Continued Heroics from Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun Will Be Crucial in PostseasonPerhaps lost amid the magic of Milwaukee's run to the postseason is the fact that the Brewers aren't brimming with postseason experience.Players such as Yelich, Jesus Aguilar, Josh Hader, Jhoulys Chacin and Chase Anderson have never been in the playoffs. Travis Shaw has appeared in one postseason contest.Players like Cain and Braun, however Freddie Freeman Jersey , have danced in October. Cain in particular won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015.Both looked the part of wily veterans Monday. Cain's eighth-inning RBI single proved to be the game-winning hit. Two batters later, Braun gave the team some wiggle room with an RBI single of his own.Stephen A Smith stephenasmithBut before that, Lorenzo Cain reminded everyone that he knows a thing or two about championship-caliber play, smacking an RBI single up the middle. Brewers up 2-1.Stephen A Smith stephenasmithRyan Braun....RBI single. And to think, once upon a time, we thought his career was on the verge of being overObviously, the Brewers will only go as far as their top players take them. If Yelich suddenly goes ice-cold and Aguilar goes through a power drought, they'll be in trouble. But they have veterans,including Cain and even MikeMoustakas, who can not only contribute on the field but also guide the younger players behind the scenes.And if they consistently come up as clutch, as they did Monday, the Brewers are going to be difficult to beat.Joe Maddon's Liberal Bullpen Use Could Haunt Cubs in Play-In GameManager Joe Maddon was not shy about utilizing his bullpen Monday, using seven pitchers. It was clear he was going all out to avoid the play-in game, but following the loss, that strategy could come back to bite the team.Of course, all is not lost with Jon Lester on the mound. And Chicago will have a home game against either the Dodgers or Rockies, who will be traveling from Los Angeles overnight. But it isn't the ideal path either.Jon Heyman JonHeymancubs still alive. play for the wild card tomorrow at Wrigley. jon lester, among actives the most successful postseason pitcher, will start for them.Jeff Passan JeffPassanThe Cubs will play the loser of the Dodgers-Rockies game tomorrow night at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester will start. The winner will advance to face Milwaukee. Its not the worst-case scenario, by any means, but all things considered, its a pretty big kick in the gut for Chicago.If Lester falters, the Cubs could turn to Cole Hamels, with Kyle Hendricks likely to start Thursday should the team advance.Jesse Rogers ESPNChiCubsMaddon clarified. Hamels in pen tomorrow. Hendricks prepping for Thur so not avail but he was today RT ESPNChiCubs: Maddon says Hamels and maybe Hendricks in the pen tomorrowNo doubt, Chicago will be in desperation mode Tuesday. So maybe Maddon's gambit won't matter. If Lester deals鈥攐r if Hamels is called upon and gives his team several strong innings鈥攏obody will remember that Maddon that used six pitchers after taking out Jose Quintana, who gave up six hits but just one run in five innings.But if Lester, Hamels and a potentially taxed bullpen struggle and the Cubs get knocked out of the postseason...Maddon's use of the bullpen will be a talking point in Chicago all winter.

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