Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 3/2/13
TEMPE, Ariz. The agent for Mike Trout knew for days that the Angels would renew the contract of the star outfielder Mike Trout because they were far apart in negotiations for a 2013 salary. But when Trout was assigned a salary of 510,000 on Saturday, a mere 20,000 above the major league minimum, after winning American League Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in voting for Most Valuable Player last season, Craig Landis was stunned. 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, who represents Trout, 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. Players with less than three years of major league service have virtually no leverage, and most will make close to the major league minimum, which rose from 480,000 in 2012 to 490,000 this season. If a player and team cant a...
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