Posted March 02, 2013

Mike Trout’s agent Craig Landis rips Angels for renewed $510,000 contract

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout gave the team near-MVP-level production for just $480,000 as a 20-year-old rookie last season. The Angels renewed Trout’s contract for $510,000 on Saturday — just $20,000 above the major-league minimum — and the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up’s agent, Craig Landis, is not happy about it.

Landis criticized the organization in comments to the Los Angeles Times‘ Mike DiGiovanna, saying that the contract was not fair and was not the result of a “negotiated compromise.”

After three seasons in the minor leagues, Trout exploded onto the scene last season, enjoying a historically great rookie year that included a .326 average, 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases.

By comparison, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun won the Rookie of the Year award at age 24 in 2007 and the club renewed his contract for more than $1 million during his second season. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and a player often compared to Trout, will make $750,00 this season.


17 comments
nick_villano
nick_villano

There is no way in heck that baseball will fold the reason the players get paid like they do is the sheer volume of games they play will insure that they will always make billions for the owners. There are 162 games and there are 16000 seats in a stadium. Even if they fill up half the stadium at 75 per ticket they make thats close to 100 million dollars then add merchandise food beer advertising etc and you have a profit machine and THEN add that they get these astronomical TV deals and that will be the reason baseball will never die by the way the AL preview is out check out what we have to say on the up and coming A's, the big spending Angels and the rest of the division http://sportsenvy.blogspot.com/2013/02/baseball-is-back-american-league.html

oasis1994
oasis1994

Lost in all this is that Tout has only played 1 season. He will eventually be paid, but why pay someone after 1 year. I think Trout will have a great career, but there are plenty of rookie of the years that end up being a bust.

$510,000 is a lot of money for the average person. On another note, I can't wait for baseball to fold because of all these ridiculous contracts (in general). All these players and agents (more so) do is complain about not being paid millions.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Agent does lousy job then blames the other side for not playing fair.

GaloofvonDorkmeister
GaloofvonDorkmeister

99.999999999999999999% of Americans - and everyone reading this article - would sacrifice their mothers to Uhluhtc to earn an annual salary of $510,000. And that's not even pointing out that Trout plays a kid's game...

dt
dt

I see a lot of whining in this article

eddie577
eddie577

I would fire that agent. He sucks!

Rusty1
Rusty1

Trout will end up playing in his back yard.  Either Boston or NYY. 

cardsfan67
cardsfan67

Anyone that is disappointed that they are making $510,00 in a year deserves a swift kick in the nuts

j7apple
j7apple

Perhaps Mr  Landis  should  have figured out how to put in incentive levels for Trout to achieve.  Contracts are contracts and I am sure  the Angels will do something..but good grief, how many agents ask their players to take pay cuts when they under perform?

GeorgeHarman
GeorgeHarman

 @nick_villano

 I don't know what minor league ball you are watching, but most stadiums have over 40,000 seats.  Most minor league stadiums have over 7,000 seats.

nick_villano
nick_villano

@cardsfan67 you would complain too if you were top five player in the league and you got paid like a minor leaguer

Kp
Kp

 @nick_villano  @cardsfan67 No he wouldn't (if he had a brain). He'd bust his ass and by the time he's 25 he'd be making tens of millions of dollars a year. 

California would have been idiotic to overpay when they do not have to overpay. Trout'll get his multi-millions.  A half million a year for a 21 year old is really hard to take, I'm sure, but I'm not in tears for him as I type this. 

eddie577
eddie577

@Rusty1 @JoeyBagadoughnutz @j7apple I second that motion.