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February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout has yet to play a game this season but already has broken a record. The Angels signed Trout to a one-year, $1-million contract on Wednesday, the highest salary ever for a one-year deal with a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration. The previous record of $900,000 was shared by Albert Pujols (2003) and Ryan Howard (2007). Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto called the deal a "landmark. " "I think it's fitting," Dipoto said. "I think Mike has earned it. We're glad to provide it. He's an extraordinary player.
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February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels and Mike Trout discuss a contract that could make him one of the highest-paid players in baseball history , Manager Mike Scioscia said he has yet to notice anything in Trout's demeanor to indicate the 22-year-old is distracted by the possibility of a pending mega-deal. "He hasn't flinched," Scioscia said. "He's very grounded. He has everything sorted out the way a young player has to have everything sorted out with his priorities. "If nobody was paying attention to him, he'd be fine with it. If everybody was paying attention to him, he'd be fine with it. " Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said last week that he has spoken to shortstop Hanley Ramirez about not letting his uncertain contractual status affect his play.
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February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Mike Trout had not wanted to discuss his potential nine-figure payday other than to call the reports of a massive contract extension "pretty funny. " What exactly did he find funny? "The numbers they throw out," Trout said Monday. "It's crazy what people are saying, and throwing out numbers like that. I'm in a spot where I wouldn't have thought I would be before my career was over. " That spot is going to come with a pretty high number, right? "No comment," Trout said with a smile.
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February 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Neither General Manager Jerry Dipoto nor agent Craig Landis would comment Sunday on a Yahoo Sports report that the Angels and Mike Trout are discussing a six-year contract extension that would pay the star center fielder something in the $150-million range. Such a deal would make sense for Trout, the 22-year-old who has finished second behind Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera in American League most valuable player voting the past two seasons and is still a year away from salary arbitration and four years away from free agency.
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February 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout is 22, a mere two years into his big league career, and he's considered to be among the best players in baseball. He could soon also be one of the game's highest-paid players if his agent and the Angels can work out a contract extension. President Obama invoked the center fielder's name in an early-February speech about a farm bill, saying the legislation was "like Mike Trout … somebody who's got a lot of tools. " Trout tweeted Monday that he was flying to Phoenix, and about 200 people greeted him at the airport.
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February 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels owner Arte Moreno described negotiations with Anaheim for a new stadium lease as "at a stalemate," but stopped short of saying he was aggressively pursuing a new home for the team. "We haven't crossed that line yet," Moreno said Friday during the team's first spring-training workout. "In September, we thought we had an outline for a deal … but the reality is, we have not been able to get it done. " The Anaheim City Council approved the framework of a deal in which the Angels would spend $150 million to renovate 48-year-old Angel Stadium, the fourth-oldest park in baseball, in exchange for a 66-year, $1-a-year lease to develop 155 acres of land in the parking lot. The team's current lease expires in 2029.
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February 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
  Mike Trout did not make it past the first round in this winter's “Face of the Franchise” tournament on MLB Network, losing to Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt in the first round. But the Angels star is not lacking for name recognition in the nation's highest political office. In a speech at Michigan State University on Friday, President Obama invoked Trout's name while discussing the farm bill that Congress just passed. The dynamic Trout, a 22-year-old two-way star, was the American League rookie of the year in 2012 and runnerup to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera in most valuable player voting in both 2012 and 2013.
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December 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The baseball commissioner's office is investigating whether New York Yankees President Randy Levine was guilty of tampering when he said Friday that he would offer Angels outfielder Mike Trout a 10-year contract. The Angels are furious that Levine dropped Trout's name into an interview regarding the Yankees' decision not to match the 10-year contract the Seattle Mariners offered to 31-year-old second baseman Robinson Cano. "If it was Mike Trout, I'd offer him a 10-year contract ," Levine told reporters in New York.
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November 22, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
  The Angels traded oft-injured Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday for third baseman and former World Series most valuable player David Freese, freeing up center field for Mike Trout and right field for Kole Calhoun and allowing Josh Hamilton to return to left field. The Angels also acquired reliever Fernando Salas, a 28-year-old right-hander who had 24 saves for St. Louis in 2011, and sent double-A outfielder Randal Grichuk, a first-round pick in 2009, to the Cardinals.
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November 14, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
  Mike Trout might be the best player in baseball. He might even win a most-valuable-player award one of these years. This was not the year, again. For the second consecutive season, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera beat the Angels outfielder for the American League MVP award in voting announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. Andrew McCutchen, the leader and best player of the team that returned postseason baseball to Pittsburgh for the first time in 21 years, was named the National League MVP. Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks finished second, followed by Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.
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