Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout figures if he keeps producing like he did during his historic rookie season, he’ll be in line for a handsome raise soon enough.
The Angels renewed the contract of the AL Rookie of the Year for $510,000 Saturday, just $20,000 above the major league minimum, prompting an angry response from Trout’s agent.
While Craig Landis said the renewal ‘‘falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract,’’ Trout took the high road before a morning workout at the Angels’ spring training complex Sunday, repeatedly insisting that ‘‘I’m just happy to be in the lineup.’’
‘‘I mean, my time will come,’’ Trout said before a team meeting. ‘‘I just have to keep putting out numbers and concentrating on one thing, and that’s getting to the postseason.’’
Trout had a base salary of $482,500 last year, when he hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, and led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals. Trout was the run-away choice as the AL’s top rookie, earning a $10,000 bonus, and finished second to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in MVP voting.
Waiting gamePlayers’ union head Michael Weiner says toughening penalties for drug violations will have to wait until the 2014 season.
‘‘There are going to be talks. I don’t what the result is going to be,’’ he said after meeting with the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., as part of his tour of the 30 spring training camps.
The current sanctions have been in place since the 2006 season: 50 games for a first offense, 100 for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third. Commissioner Bud Selig held a news conference Saturday and said he wanted increased penalties as soon as possible.
Japan wins again
Two-time defending champion Japan beat China, 5-2, to improve to 2-0 in Group A of the World Baseball Classic in Fukuoka, Japan. With Japan leading, 2-0, in the bottom of the fifth, Yoshio Itoi broke the game open with a bases-clearing double to center field that made it 5-0. Japan starter Kenta Maeda picked up the win after striking out six and giving up one hit over five scoreless innings. Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game . . . Cuba beat Brazil, 5-2, in Fukuoka in its first game of the WBC. Cuba, the 2006 runner-up, was held hitless through four innings, but broke out with two runs in the fifth . . . Dai-Kang Yang batted in three runs, including two on a home run, to help pace host Taiwan to an 8-3 victory over Netherlands in a Group B. Taiwan improved to 2-0.
Suzuki is OK
Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki said he had no soreness, one day after being involved in a traffic accident. Suzuki was on his way home after Saturday’s spring training game against Detroit when the accident occurred a few miles from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. ‘‘Not at all,’’ Suzuki said through a translator when asked whether he felt any discomfort. ‘‘My body just didn’t react, I guess.’’ . . . Rafael Furcal, the Cardinals’ 35-year-old shortstop, was told to stop baseball activities. Trying to come back from a torn ligament in his right elbow, the three-time All-Star has been told he must have additional medical tests . . . The Cubs placed Matt Garza on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the righthander from throwing, and Jeff Samardzija will be the Opening Day starter . . . Barry Zito pitched three shutout innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Zito gave up two hits and struck out two — former teammates Cody Ross and Eric Chavez . . . Dillon Gee threw three scoreless innings for the Mets in their 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., his first start since having a blood clot removed from an artery in his pitching shoulder . . . Jake Peavy gave up an RBI double to Chase Headley and three runs overall in his first start of spring training, and the White Sox lost to the Padres, 4-0, in Peoria, Ariz. Peavy gave up five hits in three innings.