Mike Trout is a millionaire


(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Like we didn’t see that line in regards to the players some deem as baseball’s best. Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have come to terms on a deal: one year, 1 million bucks. The news of the deal comes from Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times.

Not the big deal many thought, huh? There’s more on that front though…

Shaikin adds in his report that this signing will be “avoiding the rancor of the renewal process and setting the stage for agreement on a long-term extension later this spring”.

Recall that the team simply renewed Trout’s contract for $510k last year, drawing sharp criticism from Trout’s agent, Craig Landis. This quote is from last year and provided by Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register:

"In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process."

Within the same report, Landis states that Trout was also disappointed with the money. Well, he’s making almost twice as much now, so…

Still, seems like the Angels are getting off awfully cheap here, working on an extension or not. I get the luxury tax ramifications, too.

Speaking of Angels players getting big contracts, news from Angels camp: Josh Hamilton will be out for “a minimum of couple of weeks” Shaikin also tweets. The quote comes from Angels manager Mike Scioscia.