Trout, Angels agree to $1 million, 1-year contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm •  Published: February 26, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout has his first seven-figure contract. Up ahead is what figures to be a nine-figure deal.

"It feels good," Trout said Wednesday after agreeing to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

The salary is the highest for a one-year major league contract for a player not yet eligible for arbitration who wasn't coming to the big leagues from Japan or Cuba or wasn't required to have a larger amount because of the maximum cut rule. Ryan Howard earned $900,000 with Philadelphia in 2007 and Albert Pujols with St. Louis in 2003.

Trout will become eligible for arbitration after this season and could become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. The sides are thought to be discussing an agreement through 2020 in the $150 million range.

Trout wouldn't talk about the possibility of a multiyear contract.

"I just go out there to play the game," he said. "If the money is where it's at, that's where it's going to be."

By agreeing to a one-year contract now with the 22-year-old, the Angels avoid having a long-term deal count toward their 2014 luxury tax payroll.

"It's a landmark to do a $1 million with a two-plus player," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "I think it's fitting and Mike's earned that and we're glad to provide that for him."

Trout was voted AL Rookie of the Year and finished second in MVP voting in 2012, when he hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, and led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals. He was second again to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in MVP voting last year, when he batted .323 with a .432 on-base percentage, 27 homers, 97 RBIs and 33 steals.