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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• 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.