Baseball's Minor Leaguers Eye Major Money

by Todd Traub  on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 12:00 am   2 min read

Mike Trout received a bonus of $1.2 million when he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Angels. (Debby Wong/

Amateur players out of high school or college are either good enough to get drafted by one of the 30 major league teams or impressive enough in a tryout to draw interest as a free agent. Either way, they will sign a contract and be assigned to their new team's minor league system, going through organizational spring training and then receiving their first assignments.

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