Angels sign Mike Trout to $1 million contract

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels dives into second base during Major League Baseball's All-Star...

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels dives into second base during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in New York, July 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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The Los Angeles Angels signed outfielder Mike Trout to a record one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday and hope to reach agreement on a long-term deal by the end of the spring.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a proposed extension would be for approximately six years and $150 million. With Trout under contract for the 2014 season, the Angels would be able to sign him to a new long-term contract and not have it count against their luxury tax until 2015.

"It makes you feel good inside," Trout said, smiling after Wednesday's spring training workout in Tempe, Ariz. "It makes you feel like they want you here, and that means a lot to me."

The $1 million pre-arbitration salary tops the previous high of $900,000 received by Albert Pujols from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003 and Ryan Howard from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007.

"It's a landmark," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Trout's new contract. "It's fitting. I think Mike's earned that, and we're glad to provide that for him. He's certainly been an extraordinary player, and we have no doubt that he'll continue to be that player."

Trout finished as the runner-up in the American League Most Valuable Player voting each of his first two seasons. Last year, the Angels renewed his salary at $510,000 -- just $20,000 over the league minimum. Because the 22-year-old has fewer than three years of major league service, he is not eligible for salary arbitration until 2015.

"That's cool," Trout told MLB.com. "I just go out there, play the game, and if the money's where it's at, that's where it's going to be. It's always special when the Angels go out of their way. They could've easily given me ($550,000) or whatever this year, and they stepped up this year. It makes you feel good this year."

In 157 games last season, Trout batted .323 with 27 home runs and 97 RBIs. Trout's numbers were even better in his first full season in 2012 when he hit .326 with 30 homers and 129 RBIs.


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