The highest paid athlete in the world is now a New Jersey Native. Mike Trout just signed a 12-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels for $430 million. This makes him the highest paid athlete in Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer, Badminton and any other sport you can think of.
Mike, who grew up in Vineland, NJ was potentially going to sign with the Phillies (sorry Philly), but it looks like LA offered him more cash. Trout was a first-round pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He is a seven-time MLB All-Star, won the MVP in 2014 and 2016, and is a six-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.