Last season, Angels outfielder Mike Trout hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals, was named the American League rookie of the year, and finished second in the AL MVP voting, bested only by Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (you know, the guy with baseball's first triple crown since 1967).
What's that worth to Los Angeles? A cool $27,500.
(Gee, imagine the extra zero they might have given him for a triple crown!)
The Halos, who paid Trout $482,500 in 2012, renewed the Millville Marvel's contract for $510,000 on Saturday. The outfielder's agent, Craig Landis, said his client would not comment directly, but he said Trout, who has 1 year, 70 days of major-league service, was disappointed.
"I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season," Landis said. "This contract falls well short."
Trout is likely to be eligible for free agency after the 2017 World Series. The countdown starts . . . now!
World Baseball Classic. In the only games that count (hey, there's a trophy), Hirokazu Ibata scored from third on a fielder's choice as host Japan rallied past Brazil, 5-3, in Fukuoka. In Taiwan, Chien-Ming Wang tossed six scoreless innings as Chinese Taipei beat Australia, 4-1, while Roger Bernadina drove in two runs in the Netherlands' 5-0 upset of South Korea.