Mike Trout and his agent were not smiling on Saturday. (USA Today)With Mike Trout still two years away from arbitration eligibility and negotiations with the team over his 2013 salary remaining a significant distance apart, the Los Angeles Angels exercised their right to renew his contract at a salary basically of their choosing.
The number the Angels ultimately settled on was $510,000, which is just $20,000 over the league minimum, about $28,000 more than he earned in 2012 (Trout spent April in the minors), and approximately 1/40th of what they‘ll be paying Vernon Wells.
Of course they also have a ton of money tied in contracts with Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, right on down the roster. But seriously, $510,000 is the best they can do?
That's just me writing. Now I'll give you one guess how well this went over with Trout's agent Craig Landis.
“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,” Landis, said in an email. “In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract, and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process.”
Outside of the Angels organization, Landis won't find too many arguments with that assessment. The number is flat out insulting for a player who posted a .326/.399/.564 slash line with 30 homers and 49 steals in just over five months of action. And that's not to mention the fact we're talking about a 20-year-old rookie who was just as good, if not better, in the field than he was at the plate.Read More »from Mike Trout’s agent angry after Angels renew superstar’s contract at $20K over league minimum