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07:29 AM ET 12.09 | As the holiday season nears, it's unlikely a giant prize awaits the Angels this offeason. Santa brought Albert Pujols to Anaheim two Decembers ago and Josh Hamilton last December, but to this point owner Arte Moreno has mandated his team remain under the luxury-tax limit. After all, the limit goes no higher next year, when Mike Trout cashes in. In 2014, the final season in which the Angels can pay Trout whatever they like, he figures to get between $500,000 and $600,000. He then becomes eligible for salary arbitration. The highest salary awarded to a player through the arbitration process is $10 million. Trout could get $15 million in his first year of arbitration, $20 million his second year and $25 million his third and final year, according to a person familiar with the process.

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December 9, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Eventually he gets the contract Cano wanted because he'll be young when he hits free agency.

December 9, 2013  08:20 AM ET

....trout told me he will go 75% and fake some injuries this year like many other guys do, so that he can for sure reach the lotto jackpot ...worst thing would be to get seriously injured runnin into a wall or somethin for 500K....

December 9, 2013  09:26 AM ET

He'll look great in pinstripes.

December 9, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He'll look great in pinstripes.

They'll need a replacement for Ellsbury by then.

<JK>

December 9, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Red Sox will be in the Trout hunt, if only to driver up his price for the Yankers!

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December 9, 2013  10:02 AM ET

A lot of teams will. Note: He grew up a Yankee fan , favorite player was Jeter which is why he wore his number in little league days and his family is about 80 miles away.


does factor in it all.

December 9, 2013  10:02 AM ET

A lot of teams will. Note: He grew up a Yankee fan , favorite player was Jeter which is why he wore his number in little league days and his family is about 80 miles away.


does factor in it all.

December 9, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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A lot of teams will. Note: He grew up a Yankee fan , favorite player was Jeter which is why he wore his number in little league days and his family is about 80 miles away.does factor in it all.

I think everybody in the know is assuming this will happen unless New Yankee Stadium is subjected to nuclear attack. Makes sense in every way except for Trout being a righty in that park.

December 9, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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He'll be an Indian before next Thanksgiving.

Is it true that he's Ells' cousin?

December 9, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Red Sox will be in the Trout hunt, if only to driver up his price for the Yankers!

A lot of teams will. Note: He gre up a Yankee fan , favorite player was Jeter which is why he wore his number in little league days and his family is about 80 miles away.


does factor in it all.

December 9, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

A lot of teams will. Note: He gre up a Yankee fan , favorite player was Jeter which is why he wore his number in little league days and his family is about 80 miles away.does factor in it all.

Somebody give that needle a nudge.

December 9, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

A lot of teams will. Note: He grew up a Yankee fan , favorite player was Jeter which is why he wore his number in little league days and his family is about 80 miles away.does factor in it all.

Would be awesome to have him play for the Yankees.

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December 9, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Would be awesome to have him play for the Yankees.

He won't be cheap.

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December 9, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

A lot of teams will. Note: He gre up a Yankee fan , favorite player was Jeter which is why he wore his number in little league days and his family is about 80 miles away.does factor in it all.

I heard one ESPN commentator a few months ago refer to him as "the second coming of Mickey Mantle" when he inevitably joins the Yankees.

December 9, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He won't be cheap.

The Yankees may pay him what Cano was asking for.

December 9, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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I heard one ESPN commentator a few months ago refer to him as "the second coming of Mickey Mantle" when he inevitably joins the Yankees.

I don't think he has Mantle's overwhelming athletic ability, but Trout doesn't appear to be a raging alcoholic, so maybe that will balance out.

 
December 9, 2013  11:36 AM ET
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The Yankees may pay him what Cano was asking for.

If he keeps it up, it'll be a lot more than that. If a guy who has already played at basically an MVP level at ages 20 and 21 keeps developing, that's just crazy exciting. Hopefully he doesn't turn out to be the next Cesar Cedeno.

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