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Angels sign Mike Trout, world's best baseball player, for the price of 1/240th of a Robinson Cano


It's become something of a fun, hypothetical exercise among baseball analysts to predict how much money Mike Trout will make when he hits free agency. The general consensus: all the money, plus a space ship, and maybe a private island, too.

But since Trout is still under team control, the Angels can pay him well below the market rate for someone of his caliber. So, under the terms of a one-year deal announced Wednesday, Los Angeles will pay Trout just $1 million in 2014, or roughly the average salary for all pro players — in 1992.