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MLB: Angels, OF Mike Trout Agree to 1-Year, $1 M Deal
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MLB: Angels, OF Mike Trout Agree to 1-Year, $1 M Deal

Feb 26 2014, 7:46pm CST | by

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to sign outfielder Mike Trout to a one-year, $1 million contract on Feb. 26, making him the richest pre-arbitration player in MLB history.

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to sign outfielder Mike Trout to a one-year, $1 million contract on Feb. 26. Alden Gonzalez of the Angels' official website notes the deal makes Trout the highest-paid...

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42 weeks ago

MLB: Angels, OF Mike Trout Agree to 1-Year, $1 M Deal

Feb 26 2014, 7:46pm CST | by

MLB: Angels, OF Mike Trout Agree to 1-Year, $1 M Deal Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to sign outfielder Mike Trout to a one-year, $1 million contract on Feb. 26, making him the richest pre-arbitration player in MLB history.

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to sign outfielder Mike Trout to a one-year, $1 million contract on Feb. 26. 

Alden Gonzalez of the Angels' official website notes the deal makes Trout the highest-paid pre-abrbitration player in MLB history:

"A long-term contract, perhaps something approaching $200 million in total value, could come soon. 

"For now, Mike Trout will happily settle for being compensated in a way nobody in his service-time range has.

"The 22-year-old center fielder and the Angels had agreed to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract for 2014 earlier that morning, making Trout the richest pre-arbitration player, and more importantly, setting an encouraging tone for ongoing conversations about a long-term contract. 

"The previous high for a pre-arbitration player who was going year to year with his club was $900,000, attained by (Philadelphia) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard in 2007 and then-(St. Louis) Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in 2003. 

"For most players with less than three years of Major League service time -- Trout has a little more than two -- clubs are free to determine salaries as long as they're above the Major League minimum, which is set at $500,000 this year. 

"Last spring, the Angels gave Trout only a $20,000 raise from the previous campaign, paying him $510,000 in 2013 and drawing the ire of his agent.

"This year, they nearly doubled it." 

Trout told Gonzalez he feels good about his new contract. 

"It makes you feel good inside. It makes you feel like they want you here, and that means a lot to me.

"That's cool. I just go out there, play the game, and if the money's where it's at, that's where it's going to be. It's always special when the Angels go out of their way. They could've easily given me ($550,000) or whatever this year, and they stepped up this year. It makes you feel good this year."

For his part, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto raved about Trout's on-field performance and his landmark deal, per Gonzalez. 

"It's a landmark. It's fitting. I think Mike's earned that, and we're glad to provide that for him. He's certainly been an extraordinary player, and we have no doubt that he'll continue to be that player." 

Now that a deal for 2014 is in place, The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin stresses a long-term deal for Trout can materialize next season. His one-year contract for 2014 also avoids the scenario of a luxury-tax assessment this year. 

Shaikin notes Trout and the Angels are working on a contract extension in the six-year, $150 million range. Los Angeles would be able to buy out his first three years of free agency. With that kind of an extension, Trout is set to become a free agent at 29. 

The Los Angeles Times report also states a failure to draw up a long-term contract would mean Trout is up for salary arbitration in 2015

According to ESPN, Trout is "not interested in discussing contract negotiations with the media." Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he is confident his star outfielder won't be distracted by contract talks during the season. 

Trout finished runner-up in the American League MVP voting in each of his first two seasons in the majors. He wound up second to the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera each time. 

Trout hit .323 for 27 home runs and 97 RBIs in the 2013 MLB season. 

 
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6 weeks ago

Trout, Scioscia, Shoemaker up for BBWAA awards

Nov 4 2014 6:10pm CST | Source: MLB News Index

Mike Trout (AL MVP), Mike Scioscia (AL Manager of the Year) and Matt Shoemaker (AL Rookie of the Year) of the Angels were named among the three finalists for the major awards handed out by the Baseball Writers' Association of Amer ...
Source: MLB News Index   Full article at: MLB News Index
 

 
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6 weeks ago

BBWAA Awards 2014: Full List of Finalists Announced and Reaction

Nov 4 2014 5:59pm CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Once the World Series is complete and before the winter meetings heat up, baseball fans have one thing to look forward to—the BBWAA Awards announcements and winners.    Baseball fans love a good debate, and these awards often offer just that. Who could forget the battle lines drawn in 2012 between Team Sabermetrics (the Mike Trout crowd) and Team Triple Crown (the Miguel Cabrera crowd)? Or the constant debate over whether pitchers should be considered for the MVP? Spoiler alert: ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw highlight 2014 BBWAA award finalists

Nov 4 2014 5:58pm CST | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

For a couple of seasons now, the BBWAA has been releasing the “finalists” for the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards a week before the announcements on MLB Network. This year, that day was today, and the BBWAA released the finalists for those four awards in both the American and National Leagues. No surprises immediately jumped out at me. AL MVP: Michael Brantley, Victor Martinez, Mike Trout NL MVP: Clayton Kershaw, Andrew ...
Source: Yardbarker: MLB   Full article at: Yardbarker: MLB
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw lead 2014 MVP award finalists

Nov 4 2014 5:48pm CST | Source: SBNation

Trout is the AL MVP favorite in 2014 after two straight second-place finishes. The finalists for 2014 Most Valuable Player Awards -- three players in each league -- were announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, with a pair of Southern California players in line to receive the award. Mike Trout of the Angels and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers were favored by Bovada at the end of the regular season, which is whe ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Dodgers’ Kershaw voted top player by peers

Nov 3 2014 8:42pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. The players’ union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Kershaw was 21-3 with a major league-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the NL’s outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in 1992. Voting was conducted Sept. 16. That was before Kershaw went 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Dodgers’ Kershaw voted top player by peers

Nov 3 2014 8:42pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. The players’ union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Kershaw was 21-3 with a major league-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the NL’s outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in 1992. Voting was conducted Sept. 16. That was before Kershaw went 0-2 with a 7.8 ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Dodgers’ Kershaw voted top player by peers

Nov 3 2014 8:42pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. The players’ union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Kershaw was 21-3 with a major league-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the NL’s outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Dodgers’ Kershaw voted top player by peers

Nov 3 2014 8:42pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. The players’ union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Kershaw was 21-3 with a major league-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the NL’s outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in 1992. Voting was conducted Sept. 16. That was before Kershaw ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Dodgers’ Kershaw voted top player by peers

Nov 3 2014 8:42pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. The players’ union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Kershaw was 21-3 with a major league-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the NL’s outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in 1992. Voting was conducted Sept. 16. That was before Kershaw went 0-2 wit ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Dodgers’ Kershaw voted top player by peers

Nov 3 2014 8:42pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. The players’ union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Kershaw was 21-3 with a major league-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the NL’s outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in 1992. Voting was conducted Sept. 16. That was before Kersh ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
 


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