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Angels give Trout extension

Does Mike Trout know how good he is? The Angels signed Trout to a six-year extension reportedly worth $144.5 million -- or about $24 million per year. That's no small amount of money, but considering that Miguel Cabrera -- Trout's nemesis in the AL MVP vote the past two seasons -- is getting almost $30 million per year, it looks like a good deal for L.A. The Angels might have a lot of money tied up in the uncertain futures of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but with Trout, they're making a sound investment.

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  • How surprised are you at the terms of Mike Trout's contract (six years, $144.5 million)?

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  • Will the Angels ever win a World Series with Mike Trout?

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Cabrera contract a good move?

This just in: Major League Baseball contracts aren't getting any smaller. The latest case comes from Detroit, where the Tigers, according to a source, are about to give Miguel Cabrera a contract extension worth $292 million over 10 years -- the largest in history. Now, Cabrera easily is one of the sport's best players. He also is almost 31; you can do the math on how old he'll be when he comes off Detroit's books. Is this a good move in Motown?

What would you make of the Tigers giving Miguel Cabrera a 10-year contract worth $292 million?

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How do the top first basemen in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the "Baseball Tonight" 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on first basemen? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 First Basemen

Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers
BBTN Rank: 1

Joey Votto

Joey Votto

Cincinnati Reds
BBTN Rank: 2

Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt

Arizona Diamondbacks
BBTN Rank: 3

Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer

Minnesota Twins
BBTN Rank: 4

Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Baltimore Orioles
BBTN Rank: 5

Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman

Atlanta Braves
BBTN Rank: 6

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder

Texas Rangers
BBTN Rank: 7

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez

Los Angeles Dodgers
BBTN Rank: 8

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion

Toronto Blue Jays
BBTN Rank: 9

Allen Craig

Allen Craig

St. Louis Cardinals
BBTN Rank: 10

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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?


AL MVP?

Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.

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NL MVP?

Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).

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What do you make of Andrew McCutchen winning NL MVP?

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Who's No. 1?

Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?

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Who is the best player in baseball?

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