MLB notebook: Angels' Trout signs for 1 year, $1 million
By The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 7:12 p.m.
Outfielder Mike Trout and the Angels agreed Wednesday to a $1 million, one-year contract, a prelude to a long-term deal between the young All-Star and Los Angeles.
The salary is the highest 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 was voted AL Rookie of the Year and finished second in MVP voting in 2012, when he hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs and led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals. He was second again to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in MVP voting last year, when he batted .323 with a .432 on-base percentage, 27 homers, 97 RBIs and 33 steals.
Hamilton, Wilson out
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a strained calf muscle, and pitcher C.J. Wilson does not appear to be seriously hurt after getting struck on the head by a line drive in batting practice.
Both were injured during a spring training workout Tuesday.
Strasburg says he's ready
The Nationals aren't going to rush Stephen Strasburg's debut in spring training. Strasburg isn't scheduled to pitch in the Nationals' first two exhibition games, but he said he's healthy and ready to go. He's set for a bullpen session Saturday.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman 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 the Pirates in his first spring training game of his final season.
Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who retired after last season, said he was surprised Jeter announced his retirement.
“I didn't see this coming at all,” Rivera said.
Yankees eye Hanrahan
CBSsports.com reported the Yankees are monitoring the progress of right-handed reliever Joel Hanrahan, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Hanrahan, who pitched for the Red Sox last year, had 82 saves with the Pirates from 2009-12 and was a two-time All-Star.
Hamels throws off mound
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels threw off the mound for the first time this spring Wednesday morning, an important step in his eventual return to the rotation.
Hamels made his first career Opening Day start in 2013 but is unlikely to be ready for the assignment this year.
Cards' Garcia sidelined
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia is unlikely to be ready to pitch at the start of the season, but general manager John Mozeliak won't completely rule out the possibility. Garcia will return to the Cardinals' spring training camp after Dr. James Andrews did not find any structural damage in the pitcher's throwing shoulder.
Niese will have MRI
Mets left-hander Jon Niese is being sent back to New York for an MRI on his ailing pitching shoulder. Manager Terry Collins said Niese complained of pain after throwing live batting practice earlier this week. Niese has been expected to be the Mets' starter on Opening Day.
Pitcher Carl Pavano, 38, retired after 14 major league seasons. The right-hander didn't pitch after June 1, 2012, because of a strained right shoulder. His spleen was removed in January 2013 after he was injured when he fell in the snow at his home in Vermont. Pavano was 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA for five teams.
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