Angels reach agreement with pre-arbitration players
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels reached agreement with all 25 of their pre-arbitration players on Tuesday, a list that includes Kole Calhoun, Dane De La Rosa, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago, J.B. Shuck, Tyler Skaggs and Mike Trout.
Teams determine the salaries of unsigned players with between zero and three years of Major League service time, with the only requirement being the Major League minimum ($500,000 in 2014). As a formality, players either "agree" to their salaries or get "renewed." This year, all 25 of the Angels' players "agreed."
To determine pre-arbitration salaries, the Angels use a sliding-scale system that gives significantly more weight to service time than performance. But they broke that rule for Trout, who was signed to a $1 million contract that's the highest ever for a pre-arbitration player.