CF Mike Trout signed a $1 million contract for the 2014 season, a record amount for a pre-arbitration player. Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols shared the previous record of $900K contracts in the position that Trout is in now. The Angels continue to negotiate with him and his agent, Craig Landis, about a long-term deal and could come to an agreement over the next month.
3B Luis Jimenez arrived at spring training several days late due to visa issues traveling from his native Dominican Republic. He started a month's worth of games at third base for the Angels in 2013 but will need to prove his versatility at second and first in order to break camp with the team this spring, per Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
LHP C.J. Wilson was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of non-roster catcher Yorvit Torrealba on Feb. 25, but he did not sustain a concussion and is continuing preseason preparation as normal. He threw two-plus innings in his spring debut, striking out four, walking one and allowing three runs on three hits.
RHP Jered Weaver had a successful first spring start, throwing three scoreless innings, which he attributed to more maintenance he did on his aging body over the winter. The 31-year-old ace met multiple times weekly with the Angels' team massage therapist and threw more than he had in the past. Angels manager Mike Scioscia called it a "more aggressive" regimen.
RHP Ernesto Frieri, the Angels' closer, left the team for two days last week to be with his wife, Caroline, for the birth of their second daughter, Veronica. She was born at a Phoenix hospital at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28, pushing back Frieri's first appearance to Monday.