Posted February 26, 2014

Mike Trout signs 1-year, $1M extension with Angels

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Mike Trout is looking to secure a deal of approximately $150 million over six years after next season. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Mike Trout is looking to secure a deal of approximately $150 million over six years after next season. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed a one-year, $1 million extension with the team on Wednesday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. 

The short extension is likely a precursor to a long-term extension Trout will receive as early as this spring, allowing Los Angeles to duck a luxury-tax assessment for this upcoming season. Trout’s long-term deal will start in 2015.

According to the report, both sides are looking to complete a longer term deal that could pay the 22-year-old $150 million over six years. The two-time All-Star, who was the American League rookie of the year in 2012, finished second in Most Valuable Player votes in the AL in each of his first two full seasons. If a long-term deal is not reached, Trout will become eligible for salary arbitration next season, Shaikin reports.

Trout, who earned $510,000 last season, hit .323 with 27 home runs and 33 steals in 2013 for the Angels.

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30 comments
ks14wichita
ks14wichita

Trout's not worried. He'll just tack on more money on his next contract for being woefully underpaid for his production now. And at the end of his career, he will be overpaid, so all's good.

tbw27
tbw27

The Angels could pay him now...He could be pissed and give them the finger next year...I know I would..

He has MVP written all over him...........I would love too see him in a Dodger Uniform

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

I bet he doesn't play hard, much like Jadeveon Clowney. He's going to take this year easy and cash in and rob the Angels.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Trout is giving his all knowing he is playing for a long term deal. Once the ink dries his motivation will decrease knowing he has money in the bank. We see this all the time.

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

just $149 million less than he wanted

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@tbw27  The Dodger organization is where MVP's go to die. Why would he want to sign on with a team that hasn't been relevant since the 80's? 

ks14wichita
ks14wichita

@MrArlington Sir, while there is likely some psychological truth in that for the masses, Trout has the look of one of the competitive greats to me.

train805
train805

One pro scout described him as "Brian Urlacher". That was in high school. Some people have natural ability and size. He's one of them. Calling roids on someone like this is just ignorant.

Doug1
Doug1

@The_truth_hurts Honestly though, who doesn't think that professional athletes are overpaid as a group?  If they weren't paying these guys millions a year, we might all be able to afford to go to more than 1-2 games a year.

ks14wichita
ks14wichita

@MidwestGolfFan @JackHoffGood point. I doubt he is using but do we really, 100 percent for sure, know? Of course not. I think Trout is amazing. Hope he stays healthy.

SkylerDavis
SkylerDavis

@Doug1 @The_truth_hurts , yeah the amount of entertainment you get does not align with the amount you pay at all. In fact, many times I go to MLB games, the actual game being played on the field is an afterthought.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@The_truth_hurts Good one.  You sure told me with that zinger.  Wait til Mike Trout gets paid next year.  If $1 million gets you this angst ridden, watching you guys react to his multi-million dollar deal should be fun.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@William27 What a bunch of whiners.   On pretty much day one of basic economics the concept of supply and demand is discussed.  Top level athletes are in limited supply so they get paid.  And paid what they are worth.  If they were not worth it to these teams they would not get paid.  Get over it.