Posted February 28, 2013

Angels to renew Mike Trout’s contract, Trout ‘not worried about it’

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Mike Trout could receive as little as $490,000, the league minimum, when the Angels renew his contract. Trout was the 2012 Rookie of the Year and finished second in the MVP race. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Mike Trout could receive as little as $490,000, the league minimum, when the Angels renew his contract. Trout was the 2012 Rookie of the Year and finished second in the MVP race. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

The Angels will renew Mike Trout’s contract as early as Saturday, and they can assign him a salary he doesn’t agree to, going as low as the $490,000 league minimum if they choose. Because Trout is not yet eligible for arbitration, he has no leverage, despite his unanimous Rookie of the Year award and runner-up finish for the MVP.

Trout appears to be unconcerned:

“I’m not worried about it,” Trout said. “Whatever it is, it is. I have to go out and put up some numbers and see what happens.”

There are instances in the past when teams have been fairly generous with second-year salaries in similar situations. Albert Pujols won Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in MVP voting in 2001; the following year, the Cardinals signed him for $600,000 which was double the minimum salary at the time. Derek Jeter received five times the minimum after his Rookie of the Year season, and Kerry Wood was signed for six times the minimum after his.

Angels GM Jerry Dipoto and Trout’s agent, Craig Landis, did not comment on the ongoing negotiations.


2 comments
craigbhill1
craigbhill1

What a scumbag Arte Moreno is.

 

Would he have low-balled Trout if his name was Hispanic?  The accusation then would be Moreno treats Mexicans like Mexicans. To his detriment, Trout couldn't make the Mexican WBC team. His agent should never stop letting him forget this insult.

 

Too bad Trout wasn't signed by the Dodgers. Is there any doubt had he played IN LA he would have had a contract respecting his abilities and the improvement he makes to his team?? It's not too late. All Mike has to do is keep playing and refuse to sign until his 6th year, when he can leave for the Dodgers, and a payday respecting his ability.

 

The Angels organization sucks.

RD
RD

It's in the Angels best interest to sign him to a long term contract.  Artie has already shown that he has more money than he knows what to do with with the crazy deals he gave to Pujols and Hamilton.  If they don't sign him now, I hope Trout bolts the Angels at the first chance he gets.