- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

BASEBALL

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Outfielder Mike Trout and the Angels agreed 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 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.


By agreeing to a one-year contract now with the 22-year-old, the Angels avoid having a long-term deal count toward their 2014 luxury tax payroll.

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) - Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons.

The 38-year-old right-hander didn’t pitch after June 1 in 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 had been hoping to return to the major leagues this year.

Pavano, an All-Star in 2004, was 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA for Montreal (1998-02), Florida 2002-04), the New York Yankees (2005, 2007-08), Cleveland (2009) and Minnesota (2009-12). He was an All-Star in 2004, going 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA and earning a $39.95 million, four-year contract with the Yankees.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Los Angeles 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 players were injured during a spring training workout Tuesday.

Hamilton left the clubhouse on crutches after getting hurt during a baserunning drill. Wilson, also starting his second season with the Angels. Wilson was hit by a liner off the bat of Yorvit Torrealba.

Hamilton struggled in his first season with the Angels after agreeing to a $125 million, five-year contract, hitting .250 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jason Peters will protect the quarterback’s blind side for quite a while longer in Philadelphia.

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