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TEMPE, Ariz. — The Los Angeles Angels signed Mike Trout to a $1 million, one-year contract, avoiding the rancor of the renewal process and setting the stage for agreement on a long-term extension.

Trout’s salary is the highest for a one-year deal with a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration. The previous record of $900,000 was shared by Albert Pujols (2003) and Ryan Howard (2007).

By setting Trout’s 2014 salary now, the Angels can start the long-term deal in 2015. That enables the Angels to avoid a luxury-tax assessment this season.

The Angels could have unilaterally renewed Trout’s contract this year as they did last year, when they paid him $510,000 and triggered an angry statement from his agent. The club and Trout are negotiating a deal reportedly in the range of $150 million for six years.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Texas Rangers expect Russell Wilson, Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning quarterback, to participate in a team workout and then be in uniform for a Cactus League game when Wilson visits camp Monday. The Rangers selected Wilson in baseball’s December Rule 5 draft.


• Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a strained calf muscle, and pitcher C.J. Wilson was not seriously hurt after getting struck on the head by a line drive in batting practice.

• New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese, who had been in line to make his second consecutive opening-day start, has been sent back to New York to undergo an MRI exam on his bothersome throwing shoulder.

Bob McClure, the Philadelphia Phillies’ pitching coach, proclaimed Cole Hamels “100 percent healthy” and predicted his ace would not miss more than two regular-season starts.

Bryan Price, the former Mariners pitching coach, won in his managerial debut as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 8-3 in Goodyear, Ariz.

Clayton Kershaw was rocked for three runs on five hits in two innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 in the teams’ spring-training opener in Scottsdale, Ariz.

• Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major-league seasons. The 38-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched since June 2012.

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