Notes: Mike Trout, Angels agree on $1m contract

Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed a record deal Wednesday for a player not eligible for arbitration.
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Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed a record deal Wednesday for a player not eligible for arbitration.

Mike Trout has his first seven-figure contract. Ahead may be a nine-figure deal.

‘‘It feels good,’’ Trout said Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz., after agreeing to a $1 million, one-year pact with the Angels.

The salary is the highest for a one-year major league contract for a player not yet eligible for arbitration who wasn’t coming to the big leagues from Japan or Cuba or wasn’t required to have a larger amount because of the maximum cut rule.


Trout 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.

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Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be out at least two weeks because of a calf muscle he strained Tuesday.

Cashman not worried

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he has no concerns about the health of shortstop Derek Jeter, who was limited to 17 games last season because of leg injuries.

Jeter is scheduled to play Thursday against Pittsburgh in his first spring training game of his final season.

Jeter, who turns 40 in June, broke his left ankle in the 2012 ALCS, then broke it again last spring in his rehabilitation.


Mariano Rivera, promoting a two-game series between the Yankees and Marlins at Panama City March 15-16, said he never figured this would be Jeter’s final season. The all-time saves leader, who retired after the 2013 season, said he figured ‘‘they would have to pull his uniform off his body’’ before Jeter left.

Pavano retires

Pitcher Carl Pavano, 38, officially retired after 14 major league seasons . . . Pornographic photos and links recently were discovered throughout Cardinals righthander Carlos Martinez’s Twitter account. Martinez said the account was hacked . . . Mets lefthander Jon Niese is being sent from Port St. Lucie, Fla., back to New York for an MRI on his ailing pitching shoulder . . . In Clearwater, Fla., Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels (biceps) threw off the mound for the first time this spring . . . Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez will miss his first scheduled start of spring training because of an infection in his right shin.

Ellsbury debuts

At Bradenton, Fla., Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in all three plate appearances of his Yankees spring training debut, scoring twice in 6-5 loss to the Pirates. Ellsbury, who left the World Series champion Red Sox for a $153 million, seven-year contract with New York, walked twice and had an infield single in the exhibition opener.