Mike Trout is about to gain another distinction: Most underpaid player in the majors.
It's not something a player aspires to, but it's the natural result for any player who achieves so much so young in a system that is designed to reward service time.

As soon as Saturday, the Angels are expected to "renew" Trout's contract – assign him a salary he doesn't agree to – for a figure much closer to the major league minimum than a player with Trout's accomplishments ought to be.
"I'm not worried about it," Trout said. "Whatever it is, it is. I have to go out and put up some numbers and see what happens."
Of course, Trout has already put up historic numbers on his way to a unanimous Rookie of the Year award and a runner-up finish in the MVP race in his age 20 season.
How the Angels choose to reward that season financially is the question they are wrestling with this week. They are trying to find a balance between what makes the best business sense and what's "fair," in a system in which the latter is not officially a part of the equation.
Neither Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto nor Trout's agent, Craig Landis, would comment on ongoing negotiations, but a look at history and baseball's salary rules shows why this situation is potentially sticky.
The collective bargaining agreement gives no leverage to players before they are eligible for arbitration, in most cases after they have three years of service time. Clubs are free to sign those players to any salary at or above the minimum, which this year rose to $490,000 from $480,000.
Clubs and the agents for those players go through the dance of negotiating a salary, but it really amounts to the team assigning whatever salary it feels is appropriate. Many teams, including the Angels, have objective formulas they use to calculate the numbers, but every team is free to do it however it pleases. Once the player eventually agrees to the salary, he signs a contract.

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