Angels outfielder and MLB’s top star Mike Trout is no longer the highest-paid athlete in sports, but he deserves to be.
On Sunday night, news broke that had a direct tie to Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout. While the best player in baseball is generally in the news for what he does on the diamond, Trout was instead front and center for something that another athlete accomplished, one that isn’t even involved in baseball.
Mike Trout is no longer the highest-paid athlete in sports.
The mantle has been passed on to another transcendent athlete, as Patrick Mahomes II now wears the crown. The quarterback and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a 10-year, $503 million deal according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That contract surpasses the 12-year, $426.5 million deal that Trout inked with the Angels prior to the 2019 season.
There is no doubting the value that Mahomes has provided to the Kansas City Chiefs during his first two full seasons as the team’s starting quarterback. He’s already been the youngest QB in NFL history to win the league MVP award (since surpassed by Lamar Jackson) and helped end a 50-year Super Bowl drought for the Chiefs in 2020. His on-field exploits are also weekly fodder for the highlight reels on Sunday night.
But is he as valuable as Mike Trout?
While it’s a bit like comparing apples to oranges, we’re going to attempt to look at which, Patrick Mahomes II or Mike Trout is more deserving of wearing the crown of the highest-paid athlete in sports.