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Paying $144.5 million is team-friendly? Mike Trout will still take it
Paying $144.5 million is team-friendly? Mike Trout will still take it

Mike Trout could have rejected the Angels' overtures this winter, signed a series of one-year deals through arbitration, become a free agent at age 26 and inked the largest contract in baseball history in 2017. Then the star center fielder saw the salaries in the final three years of the six-year, $144.5-million extension he ultimately signed, he considered his age (22) and the security the deal would provide, and the prospect of hitting the open market in 2017 didn't tug so much on his heart—or purse—strings. "When the owner puts up these big numbers like $33 million, it's hard to turn down," Trout said after his deal, which starts in 2015, was...

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