Angels give AL rookie of year Mike Trout slight raise
By The Sports Xchange
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout fields a fly ball during spring training in Tempe, Ariz., February 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)
The agent for AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout is angry that the Los Angeles Angels renewed Trout’s contract for $510,000.
The team controls Trout’s contract this year. It chose to renew it for just $20,000 above the major league minimum.
“During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season, given his service time,” Trout’s agent, Craig Landis, said in a statement. “In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process. Nonetheless, the renewal of Mike’s contract will put an end (to) this discussion.”
Trout has a year and 70 days of major league service and will be eligible for arbitration after the 2014 season and for free agency after the 2017 World Series.
Teams can renew the contracts of unsigned players on their 40-man rosters until March 11. “Mike, himself, does not wish to comment on this matter,” Landis said. “As when he learned he would not be the team’s primary center fielder for the upcoming season, Mike will put the disappointment behind him and focus on helping the Angels reach their goal of winning the 2013 World Series.”
Trout told the Los Angeles Times earlier in the week that he would not focus on the contract.
“You could easily put yourself in a bad mood about it, but that’s not me,” he said. “I like to play baseball. I’m going to try to win a World Series for the team and not worry about off-the-field things.”
Trout made $482,500 last year and finished second in the AL MVP race to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Trout batted .326 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI. He led the league with 129 runs and 49 steals.