Mike Trout, pictured here signing autographs, has agreed to a 1-year, $1 million contract with the Angels. (Facebook/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Two-time All-Star Mike Trout has signed a 1-year, $1 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
The deal is the largest pre-arbitration contract for a player.
Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols, who received $900,000 in 2007 from the Philadelphia Phillies, and in 2003 from the St. Louis Cardinals, respectively, held the previous records for pre-arbitration contracts.
The deal hints at a larger contract as negotiations continue between Trout and the Angels for a larger, multi-year contract.
Trout is only one of four players ever to bat .320, hit 50 or more home runs, and score 200 or more runs in his first 2 full seasons.
Among Trout’s other accolades are winning the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award, and finishing second in AL MVP voting in each of his first 2 full seasons.
Edison Millan contributed to this story.