Millville's Mike Trout, Angels agree to $1 million, 1-year contract

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) hits in the cages during spring training baseball practice, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

February 26, 2014 10:18:00 AM PST
Outfielder Mike Trout and the Angels have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, a prelude for a long-term deal between the young All-Star and Los Angeles.

The agreement announced Wednesday is the highest salary for a one-year contract for a player not eligible for arbitration who wasn't coming to the major leagues from Japan or Cuba, topping Ryan Howard's $900,000 salary with Philadelphia in 2007.

The Millville, New Jersey native will become eligible for arbitration after this season and could become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. The sides are thought to be discussing an agreement through 2020 in the $150 million range.

By agreeing to a one-year deal now with the 22-year-old, the Angels avoid having the long-term deal count toward their 2014 luxury tax payroll.