The Los Angeles Angels signed outfielder Mike Trout to a record one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday and hope to reach agreement on a long-term deal by the end of the spring.
The Los Angeles Times reported that a proposed extension would be for approximately six years and $150 million. With Trout under contract for the 2014 season, the Angels would be able to sign him to a new long-term contract and not have it count against their luxury tax until 2015.
"It makes you feel good inside," Trout said, smiling after Wednesday's spring training workout in Tempe, Ariz. "It makes you feel like they want you here, and that means a lot to me."
The $1 million pre-arbitration salary tops the previous high of $900,000 received by Albert Pujols from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003 and Ryan Howard from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007.
Trout finished as the runner-up in the American League Most Valuable Player voting each of his first two seasons. Last year, the Angels renewed his salary at $510,000 -- just $20,000 over the league minimum. Because the 22-year-old has fewer than three years of major league service, he is not eligible for salary arbitration until 2015.
In 157 games last season, Trout batted .323 with 27 home runs and 97 RBIs. Trout's numbers were even better in his first full season in 2012 when he hit .326 with 30 homers and 129 RBIs.
---San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley is dealing with a calf injury but does not expect it to keep him out of the lineup on Opening Day.
Headley, who was diagnosed with the Grade 1 strain on Tuesday, will not participate in spring training work for two to three weeks while the injury heals. But he hopes to be back in time to get some swings in during Cactus League games to prepare for the regular season.
The 29-year-old Headley, who was sidelined at the beginning of the 2013 season with a broken thumb, already feels improvement in the leg. He finished the 2013 season with 13 home runs, 50 RBIs and a .250 in 141 games.
---A strained left calf could keep left fielder Josh Hamilton out of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup for a significant period. Hamilton was on crutches Tuesday when he left the clubhouse after suffering the injury earlier during a base-running drill.
The Angels play their first Cactus League game on Friday, but Hamilton indicated that he could be weeks away from playing. He said he will undergo an evaluation at the end of the week and then will continue to assess the injury a week at a time while going through his rehab work.
---St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez believes his Twitter account was hacked, leading to pornographic photos and links going viral this week.
Martinez, a right-hander trying to win a job in the starting rotation, and the Cardinals express regret over the lewd postings that have since been taken down.
---New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese, projected as the team's opening-day starter, is going to New York for tests on his sore pitching shoulder.
Niese was bothered earlier this week by discomfort during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the team decided to send him for a a precautionary MRI. Manager Terry Collins said Niese felt pain after a live batting practice session but cautioned that the problem could be in the triceps area and not the shoulder.