Found March 05, 2013 on On The Way Home:
A hot topic recently is what Mike Trout‘s 2013 salary will be as he mans the outfield for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After having a historic season, Trout’s agent asked the organization to compensate his client fairly, based on his MLB service time (1 year, 70 days). However, the final number wasn’t exactly what Craig Landis was hoping for. Saying Trout had a breakout campaign in 2012 would be the understatement of the century. The 21-year-old outfielder hit .326/.399/.564 with 30 Homers and 83 RBI. He also led the league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, while only playing 139 games. He was the runaway winner for last year’s AL Rookie of the Year award, and some felt he was also deserving of the AL MVP honors instead of Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera (which I disagree with). So, after making $482,500 in 2012 (possibly one of the best baseball bargains ever), the Angels settled on a salary of $510,000 for 2013, which is only $20,000 above league minimum, and much less than the $750,000 Bryce Harper is making this season with the Washington Nationals. Is this number too low for the amount of production Trout gave Los Angeles in his historic season? Yea, it’s a little low considering how much Alex Rodriguez got paid, but Trout has the right mindset before this season gets underway: “I mean, my time will come. I just have to keep putting out numbers and concentrating on one thing, and that’s getting to the postseason.” Obviously, one would hope Trout wouldn’t say anything over than the above quote, but he’s completely right. Not only do I feel older players past their prime shouldn’t point to their past production to get a lucrative contract, young and unproven players are in the same boat. Now, I know what I just said. It’s hard to say that Mike Trout is an unproven player, but it’s just as hard to say he’s a proven commodity with only one full season under his belt. Before the Angels feel comfortable wrapping up millions of dollars in their young outfielder, they want to be sure he’s going to adjust properly to what pitchers will be throwing at him this season, especially now that he’s been around the league. In today’s game, this looks like an insult, but it makes perfect sense, especially when they have huge payroll commitments at this time with Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and Vernon Wells. It will be interesting to see how Trout deals with this and his temporary move to left field. There’s no debate about what kind of potential he has moving forward, but I’d like to see him repeat what he did last year before anyone proclaims he’s the best player in baseball. Call me a skeptic, but I’d like to have a bigger sample size than one season. Thanks for reading! To Follow Matt’s posts at On The Way Home and Rising Apple, you can follow him on Twitter: @mmusico8. If you’d like to join On The Way Home as a staff writer, you can contact Matt at     The post Mike Trout Knows His Role with Los Angeles Angels in 2013 appeared first on On The Way Home.

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