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For Angels and Mike Trout, money could buy happiness, and risk
For Angels and Mike Trout, money could buy happiness, and risk

TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout could be the next to join baseball's growing fraternity of young stars who sign long-term contracts before they reach arbitration or free agency; the center fielder is in negotiations with the Angels on an extension that is likely to pay him well into nine figures. Trout wouldn't be the first young Angels slugger to parlay a superb start into a handsome payday. Tim Salmon, the American League rookie of the year in 1993, signed a four-year, $7.5-million deal the following spring, with one hopeful eye toward the future and one wary eye on the past. The dollar figures weren't in the same ballpark, but Salmon's decision 20 years ago was like Trout's today: Is the...

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