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Angels' Trout avoids carping about contract

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After the Los Angeles Angels renewed slugger Mike Trout's contract for just $20,000 above the major-league minimum, the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year refused to complain Sunday.

"I mean, my time will come," Trout said before a team meeting, according to multiple reports. "I just have to keep putting out numbers and concentrating on one thing, and that's getting to the postseason."

Before a morning workout at the Angels' spring-training complex, Trout would only say "he's just happy to be in the lineup." Trout's base salary will be $510,000 in 2012.

A day earlier, Trout's agent, Craig Landis, was not so happy about the renewal, saying the contract was not fair and fell "far short" of expectations.

"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 a statement. "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's base salary was $482,500 last year when he hit .326 with 30 homers, 83 RBI, a major league-leading 129 runs and 49 stolen bases. He also finished second to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in MVP voting.

By comparison, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who won the National League Rookie of the Year award last year, will play with a base salary of $750,000 this season as part of a five-year deal. Harper hit .270 with 22 homers, 59 RBI and 18 stolen bases last year.

If the Angeles and Trout fail to negotiate a new contract, he likely would be eligible for arbitration after the 2014 season.
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