Reigning American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout told reporters, including Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times, that he expects to have his contract renewed on Saturday at a figure set by the Los Angeles Angels.
DiGiovanna notes that most players with less than three years of major league service have virtually no leverage when it comes to contract negotiations. Most wind up making close to the league minimum, which is $490k for the 2013 season.
Obviously, Trout is not most players. The 21-year-old hit .326/.399/.564 with 27 doubles, eight triples, 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases in 54 attempts, totals that earned him a second-place finish in AL MVP voting.
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Still, based on the history of similar cases, Trout is unlikely to make more than two- or three-times the major league minimum, which would put him under contract for roughly $1 million to $1.5 million next season. DiGiovanna points out that players such as Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols have been renewed in the past, but none of the trio has received more than triple the minimum salary.
Trout said he won't put himself in a bad mood about the situation. He'll instead focus on trying to help the Angels win the World Series, rather than "off-the-field things."
Los Angeles is certainly getting a steal this season, but as long as Trout's health and production continue he'll be getting paid soon enough.