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  1. Details of Mike Trout’s contract extension with the Angels

    Mar 29, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

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    The Angels and superstar outfielder Mike Trout have agreed to terms on a six-year extension which is reportedly worth $144.5 million. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the year-by-year breakdown: 2015: $5.25 million 2016: $15.25 million 2017: $19.25 million 2018: $33.25 million 2019: $33.25 million 2020: $33.25 million While the Angels surely would have liked to…

  2. Phillies acquire infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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    If you thought the Mike Trout news was big, wait until you hear this! The Phillies have acquired utility infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for an undisclosed amount of cash, CSN Philly’s John Clark reports. Nix spent the spring with the Rays but did not make the cut. Nix, 31, had a decent spring…

  3. Update: Angels and Mike Trout agree on six-year, $144.5 million contract extension

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez is reporting that the Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are close to finalizing a contract extension worth $144.5 million over six years. [Update: The Angels official Twitter confirms the deal. The team will make an announcement on Saturday.] Trout is currently eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so the…

  4. SportsDash: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper are my MVP picks

    Mar 28, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    There’s a certain segment of baseball fans, heavily concentrated in the southeastern part of Michigan, who think that anything other than bowing before Miguel Cabrera and anything other than spitting on the ground whenever Mike Trout‘s name is mentioned is the height of disrespect. I don’t care.

  5. Olney: MLB executives are “appalled” over the Miguel Cabrera extension

    Mar 27, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

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    The Tigers have reportedly reached agreement on an extension with Miguel Cabrera which will pay him $292 million over the next 10 years and keep him under contract through at least his age-40 season. If the deal is announced as a 10-year extension, it will be the biggest financial commitment in sports history. While both…

  6. The Red Sox cleaned up in offseason merchandise sales

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Not surprising given that they, you know, won the World Series. But here are the numbers on offseason merchandise sales from Fanatics.com: Top selling teams since Jan. 1  Boston Red Sox NY Yankees LA Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals SF Giants Best Offseason Year-over-Year increases Boston Red Sox – up 230% Pittsburgh Pirates – up 200% Kansas City…

  7. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mar 25, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: After two years of disappointments, do the Angels have a shot? There…

  8. Mike Trout on contract extension rumors: “I haven’t heard anything”

    Mar 24, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

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    As of late last month there were numerous reports about the Angels and Mike Trout working on a massive long-term contract extension, but as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes that talk has gone silent recently. Gonzalez asked Trout what the extension rumors being quiet meant and here’s how the Angels center fielder replied: I haven’t…

  9. Survey says: Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel the best at what they do

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post polled 18 scouts and executives for a ranking of the five best position players, starting pitchers, relief pitchers, managers and general managers entering the 2014 regular season. As you can probably guess, Mike Trout won the ballot for best position player, with two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera…

  10. The Astros are playing dirty pool with a top prospect

    Mar 19, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

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    We know this is how it works. Phenoms get fewer September callups than they used to, and they rarely debut on Opening Day. Instead, it’s June that’s become the popular time for debuts, all in the name of delaying arbitration and free agency eligibility. On the one hand, it kind of sucks: much of the…

  11. Mike Trout isn’t setting any deadlines on his contract extension talk

    Mar 14, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Mike Trout is pretty relaxed about the timetable he’s facing to become a centimillionaire. Mike DiGiovanna reports that, unlike a lot of guys who negotiate contract extensions with their current teams, Trout is OK with it if negotiations on his deal with the Angels carry over to the regular season: “It doesn’t matter to me,”…

  12. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  13. Manny Machado calls $519K salary for 2014 “disappointing”

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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    The Orioles signed Manny Machado to a one-year, $519,000 contract renewal on Monday — standard operating procedure for a pre-arbitration player. The salary is $19,000 more than the major league minimum and Machado also gets a $100,000 bonus for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award in the American League. But he is not celebrating. According…

  14. Video: Yasiel Puig throws out Mike Trout on inside-the-park home run attempt

    Mar 6, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? You decide. Baseball fans were provided with a heaping slice of awesomeness in this afternoon’s Cactus League matchup between the Dodgers and Angels, as Mike Trout‘s attempt at an inside-the-park home run was dashed thanks in part to a throw from Yasiel Puig. In the bottom…

  15. Albert Pujols was insulted when someone asked him if he can put up Mike Trout numbers

    Mar 6, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale spoke with Albert Pujols and Pujols mentioned a question someone asked him early in spring training. The question: “are you motivated to put up the same numbers as Mike Trout?” Pujols, remembering it and obviously still mad, went off: “Can you imagine someone saying that to me?” Pujols tells USA TODAY Sports in…

  16. Wanna see Mike Trout hit a spring training grand slam? Of course you do.

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The return of baseball also means the return of Mike Trout, two-time defending AL Most Valu — ahem — two-time runner-up for the AL Most Valuable Player award. Trout appears to be in top form already, as he took James McDonald deep to left field for a grand slam in the fourth inning of this…

  17. Angels sign Mike Trout for $1 million, keep working on long-term extension

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    While reports swirl about their long-term contract talks the Angels have given Mike Trout a $1 million salary for 2014, which is almost double what they were required to pay him based on his service time. That makes sense, from a performance standpoint and from a keeping Trout happy standpoint, and it also hints at…

  18. Buster Olney doesn’t think Vizquel, Tejada, Nomar were shortstops

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Let the record show that I gave fair warning: I thought Buster Olney might adjust his lists from Monday’s ESPN Insider column after being presented with the glaring omissions. Alas, I was ignored. The bulk of Olney’s column today was designed to point out how totally not overrated Derek Jeter is. He dives into the…

  19. Angels lucky Mike Trout is even thinking about an extension

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    At this point, the only thing standing between the Angels and being a largely irrelevant second banana in the Los Angeles market is Mike Trout. Yeah, Mike Trout, the guy they rewarded for a historic Rookie of the Year and near-MVP campaign in 2012 by paying him $20,000 more than the major league minimum. Even…

  20. Angels, Mike Trout discussing six-year, $150M extension

    Feb 23, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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    From our friend Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports … The Los Angeles Angels and star center fielder Mike Trout are discussing a six-year contract extension that would pay him in the range of $150 million, a source close to the negotiations told Yahoo Sports. Passan says “the gap between the sides is in the low eight figures” and there is…

  21. Mike Trout will likely bat second in the Angels’ lineup

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Mike Trout started the 2013 season hitting second in the Angels’ lineup, but moved to the #3 spot when Albert Pujols went on the disabled list in late July. He produced similarly in both spots, posting a 1.015 in 405 plate appearances in the two-hole, and a .963 OPS in 223 PA batting third. With…

  22. Angels, Mike Trout hoping for a multi-year extension by the start of the season

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:19 AM EDT

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    Pop quiz, hot shot: you have the best player in all of baseball on your team, one year away from arbitration eligibility. If he hits arbitration he’s going to get insanely expensive because there literally are no comps for him in recent history. If he gets close to free agency, dudes, forget it, he’s making…

  23. Obama compares the Farm Bill to Mike Trout

    Feb 7, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    President Obama was in Michigan today to sign the Farm Bill. I feel like he was trolling Miguel Cabrera truthers up there when he chose to compare it to baseball’s actual best player: The president likened the nearly $1 trillion bill to a Swiss Army Knife for its many policy implications — on agriculture, on…

  24. You really, really want to watch Albert Pujols on Sesame Street

    Jan 28, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

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    John Kruk once famously told a woman he was not an athlete, he was a ballplayer. Albert Pujols, in contrast, embraces the label of athlete. We know this because He’s making a guest appearance on Sesame Street on Thursday, explaining to Grover what the word “athlete” means. And it’s fantastic: Observations: I’m going to start calling…

  25. Is Clayton Kershaw’s contract a harbinger of things to come?

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:23 AM EDT

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    After learning of Clayton Kershaw‘s seven-year, $215 million deal yesterday a lot of people started to speculate what his contract meant for other pitchers. Comments about how Max Scherzer and David Price were probably doing cartwheels. About how Jon Lester can start looking at higher-priced real estate. That sort of thing. Obviously what one player…

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