By setting Trout's 2014 salary now, the Angels can start the long-term deal in 2015. That enables the Angels to avoid a luxury-tax assessment this season.
Trout, 22, finished second in
Craig Landis, the agent for Trout, criticized the Angels last year after they unilaterally renewed his contract for $510,000.
The Angels could pay Trout whatever they liked this year and last, because he has fewer than three years of major league service. If he and the Angels do not complete the long-term deal, Trout would be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next season.