While the $1 million deal seems small in comparison to the nine-figure salary Trout is expected to net after this season, the agreement is historically high. No other player who is not yet arbitration eligible and is not from Japan or Cuba, has received more than $900,000 for a one-year contract. The only exceptions are players who received larger amounts because of the maximum cut rule.
Trout and the Angels are believed to be discussing an agreement that would keep the top-tier player with the team through 2020 for a deal in the $150 million range. The 2012 American League Rookie of the Year is eligible for arbitration after the coming season and could become a free agent after the 2017 season.
“I just go out there to play the game,” said Trout, who would not discuss a potential multi-year contract. “If the money is where it’s at, that’s where it’s going to be.”
Since Trout agreed to the deal now, the Angels do not have to add a long-term deal to their 2014 luxury tax payroll.
“It’s a landmark to do a $1 million with a two-plus player,” said Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto. “I think it’s fitting and Mike’s earned that and we’re glad to provide that for him.”
Trout finished second in MVP voting in both 2012 and 2013. During the 2013 season, he batted .323 with a .432 on-base percentage, 27 home runs, 97 RBIs and 33 steals.
“We thought his performance was exceptional,” Dipoto said. “There are players that force you to break rules. What he did for two consecutive years forced us to break our own rule. His performance certainly merited us to do differently than any of the others.”
During his rookie year, Trout earned $482,500 and picked up an extra $10,000 for winning Rookie of the Year. When the Angels renewed his contract in 2013, they increased his salary to $510,000, which is only $20,000 above the 2013 major league minimum.
“The Angels could have easily just done the same thing that they did last year,” Trout said. “It makes you feel good inside. It makes you feel like they really want you here. It means a lot to me.”
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nets at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: Arkansas at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Ohio State at Penn State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: VCU at Fordham, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duquesne at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Green Bay at Oakland, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgetown at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Pacific, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at USC, 11 p.m. (FS1) NHL: Blackhawks at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network) NHL: Red Wings at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB preseason: Red Sox vs. Northeastern/Boston College, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Napoli at Swansea, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Dnipropetrovsk at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
Following last year’s bombing at the finish line, runners will have more restrictions at the 2014 Boston Marathon. (AP)
– Boston Marathon organizers announced Wednesday that runners will not be allowed to have bags, backpacks, handbags or similar items anywhere close to the course this year, following the bombings at the finish line a year ago that killed three and injured hundreds. Runners also will not be allowed to wear costumes that cover the face or have bulky clothing that extends “beyond the perimeter of the body.”
“For the 2014 Boston Marathon, with an increased field size and for everyone’s safety, we will work with public safety officials to ensure that we preserve that exceptional race day experience that makes the Boston Marathon an icon in the world of sport while making race day safe and enjoyable for all,” the BAA said in a statement on its website.
Unregistered runners, who often jump into the race at the start or along the course, will be banned as well.
“For the safety of our participants, spectators and partners, public safety officials and the BAA strictly prohibit unofficial participation, and those in violation will be subject to interdiction,” the BAA said. “Those who are not officially registered in the Boston Marathon will not be allowed to participate. We ask official participants to discourage family and friends who are not officially registered participants from entering the course in any manner.
“We are aware that many people want to participate in some way in this year’s Boston Marathon as a display of support. But we ask that those who are not official participants to refrain from entering the course for the safety of the runners and themselves.”
It isn’t that D’Antoni disagreed with Gasol’s assertion that there were “too many individual actions,” but he didn’t care for Gasol sharing his opinion with the media.
“I think it’s a product of people getting frustrated and losing and everybody on one-year contracts. The thing I just don’t appreciate, and I think every coach [too], you just keep it in house,” D’Antoni said Wednesday, via the Los Angeles Times. “It’s very easy just to come over and talk about your frustrations. We’ll try to work something out. But to go to you [media] guys and to do it in the papers, that’s disturbing. I just don’t think that’s the way to go. People should understand that we’re all trying to solve the same problems.”
Gasol also suggested that D’Antoni needed to demonstrate more discipline with the players, something D’Antoni questioned.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” D’Antoni said. “We should have had more ball movement [Tuesday] but I don’t know what that has to do with discipline. That has to do with guys trying too hard, guys not really understanding the system totally and not getting ingrained into it.
“I think in that aspect I can understand what he’s talking about, but I don’t know why he used that word.”
D’Antoni also noted that Gasol’s attention would be better placed on the other end of the court.
“The frustration always comes out on the offensive end where we’re OK. It never comes out on the defensive end where we don’t stop anybody,” D’Antoni said. “That’s where I get frustrated, because if you’re going to get upset about something, let’s get upset about points in the paint, second-chance points, not getting back on defense. Then we’re making progress.”
“I want to start off by saying thank you to my teammates, thank you to the fans, to my family, to my friends, everybody for their support in this situation,” Felton told reporters. “This is not a distraction to this team. I’m focusing on finishing out this season, finishing out these games with my teammates, and going down to Miami, focusing on this next game at task vs. the defending champs.
“As far as speaking on what’s going on off the court with me, there will be no comment speaking on that. If you’ve got any questions, anything dealing with that, speak with my lawyer. Other than that, I’m here to concentrate on this team, finish this season out with the New York Knicks. And see what happens, man. Trying to make it to the playoffs. We’re 5 1/2 games out, 25 games left, so I’m really focusing on that with these guys, with the team, and trying to make that happen.”
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Felton will play in Thursday night’s game against the Heat.
“The bottom line is Ray is a part of our team, and as his coach I’m going to support him and make sure he’s doing everything the right way from here on out, and to try to get him to just concentrate on basketball and practice and playing games,” Woodson said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 27, 1983, which Bruin recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Whalers in Hartford and in the process became the sixth player to score 250 goals in a Bruins uniform?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m really disappointed in the decision. I think it puts the health of our baserunners in some jeopardy. I understand what they were trying to do to protect the catchers, with all the head injuries. But I was hoping before they finalized things that it would be equal treatment.” — Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield, during a Wednesday interview with Mut & Merloni, on MLB’s new rules designed to minimize home-plate collisions
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A’s outfielder Josh Reddick makes a fence-climbing catch in Wednesday’s preseason game.
Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia takes his Tim Kurkjian imitation to new heights.
Glenn Robinson III lifts Michigan over Purdue (where his father starred in the early 1990s) with a tough buzzer-beater on the baseline.
From the Israeli slam dunk competition, former UCLA star Tyler Honeycutt dunks over four people.
A Texas girls high school basketball regional final ends in controversy when, with Celina trailing Argyle by a point, a Celina player is fouled just before the buzzer, but the referees decide that the game is over and run off the court.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Middleton
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Josh Groban was born on this day in 1981.
We talk about the future of the Celtics with one of our favorite basketball analysts, ESPN's Jay Bilas.
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