Angels, Trout’s rep disagree on 2013 salary …

The Angels gave superstar outfielder Mike Trout a $510,000 contract for next season, representing a $20,000 jump from the Major League minimum, and his agent is not happy.

Trout’s representative, Craig Landis, made it clear in a statement that Trout’s contract is “not the result of a negotiated compromise,” adding that the salary “falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process.”

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are free to assign whatever salaries they want to players between zero and three years of service time – in other words, pre-arbitration players – given that it’s at least the minimum of $490,000. The Angels use a system that’s based heavily on service time, not performance, and they didn’t to make an exception for Trout.

Of the 22 zero-to-three players that obtained contracts Saturday, Trout was the only one who was “renewed,” while the other 21 “agreed” to their salaries. The highest salary for those 22 was $540,000 for Mark Trumbo, who has just over two years of service time.

The Angels didn’t want to make an exception for Trout, basically because they didn’t want to set a precedent for all their other players and because they don’t feel it’ll hinder their ability to sign him to a long-term extension.

“I don’t think so,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “Mike’s a great kid, he’s wired the right way, we have every faith in his desire to be a great player. He’s going to go out there and he’s going to bust his tail.”

Within the Angels’ system, $510,000 was the most a player with Trout’s service time – 1.070 years – could make.

“We’re trying to manage a group of 25 players, not one,” Dipoto said, adding: “We have been as aggressive with Mike as we can be.”

Landis had previously expressed his displeasure to the front office that Trout would not be the primary center fielder in 2013, with the Angels giving Peter Bourjos an everyday role. Trout’s agent expressed that again in his statement, saying: “As when he learned he would not be the team’s primary center fielder for the upcoming season, Mike will put the disappointment behind him and focus on helping the Angels reach their goal of winning the 2013 World Series.”

Trout, the unanimous choice for the American League Rookie of the Year Award and the runner-up for the MVP at age 21, isn’t with the Angels at Maryvale Baseball Park and his agent said he will not comment on the situation.

“Mike is a unique case, such an exceptional player at such a young age, but what we’re doing contractually with Mike is within the parameters of an agreement collective bargained between players and the league,” Dipoto said. “It’s not the lowest and it’s not the highest. We’re seeing a minimum salary that has gotten bigger and bigger, and we are seeing an average salary at the Major League level that has gotten bigger and bigger, and we’re charged with managing that across the board. With the 0-3 and arbitration years and free agent years, at some point you have to manage the talent on the field and the economics of the game. That’s what we’re trying to do every day.”

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I understand the Angels’ unwillingness to make an exception… but isn’t Trout truly an exceptional player, the kind for which “exceptions” exist? Hopefully this doesn’t plant any seeds of future acrimony, because that young man should be an Angel for life.

I get both sides of this one. BUT.. while I LOVE Trout, it’s only ONE year that he’s played. Do it again, and prove last year wasn’t a fluke, and the money will come..

Hey Trout look at Jered Weaver he took millions less because his head is on straight , I guess it was not only your body that got bigger but your head too!

True about Jared, but he still got $85 million. Not knowing what Trouts agent asked for it’s hard to know what was really going on. An exception could of been made because of the season he had. If someone else wanted more money after his rookie year, they could easily have said “you didn’t match Trouts numbers!

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So a young joe DiMaggio get the same treatnent as a run of the mil rookie?
Pay the kid a mil at least

Don’t compare a kid who played only one season to Joe Dimaggio. I agree that Mike Trout had a great season. But Joe D is a legend. If he keeps playing the same for the next few years then you can start comparing the two.

I hope they keep giving him really low offers. So that he leaves their team and joins mine. He had a tremendous season last year. Lets see if he can do it again this season.

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It’s a pleasure to find such raintialoty in an answer. Welcome to the debate.

Okay I’m conenicvd. Let’s put it to action.

Cute. :) (No, I must refrain from coemmnts on her sanity. ;) LOL!) :D The other day I was out with some friends and we stopped at a restaurant for lunch at a table near us, there were two of the cutest, chubbiest, awesomest, little twin babies you have ever seen. :D When I walked by them, I smiled, and the little boy gave me a smile back! Totally warmed my heart. :) That was a major smile moment. :D

It’s good to see someone thinking it through.

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Are the Angels really trying to manage the economics of the game? Seriously, how many people are buying into that rhetoric? Let’s give Hamilton 25 million, Pujols almost 30 million and give their MVP just over 1/2 million. I understand that Trout
has very little service time, but drawing a hard line on him while spending like drunken
sailors on other teams free-agents, just doesn’t make sense. Are you trying to alienate
your own players while luring free agents from other teams. Truely classless on what
they are doing to Trout. The Angels organization should be better than that!

Really Dipoto, what if Arte dealt with you the same way you’re dealing with Trout, Gee Jerry, I’d like to pay you but this your first year with the Angels and your service time calls for a $150.000 annual salary, yes I know you contribute more and work harder than anybody else in the office, but we have a budget to manage, this young man almost single handedly turned the Angels season around last year, putting butt after butt in seats that may very well have been empty, and probably saved your Job. ( How do you think you would have been viewed after spending $400 mill on a losing team ) and is the Future face of not only the Angels but of Major League Baseball. And you’re taking a hard line with this kid. ? Are You Kidding. Teams pay millions to free agents each off season, hoping for a fraction of the impact that Trout provided for the Angels last year and this is how you reward him for what he brought to the team and YOU personally
I’m a Rangers fan ………. Here’s to you Dipoti, piss your meal ticket off enough to walk in free agency, I’d love to see him in a Rangers uniform.

Hey everyone has to take a hit when we still have Vernon Wells on the payroll for 2 more years.

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