Trout has two years remaining on the six-year, $144.5-million extension he signed in 2014. But by beginning talks now, the Angels can begin to measure Trout's thoughts about staying with the club that drafted him in the first round in 2009.
Trout just turned 27 but is in his eighth major league season. He has won the American League Rookie of the Year award and two leagues Most Valuable Player awards, and he's also finished as the MVP runner-up three times. He's played in seven All-Star games.
But in his time in Anaheim, the Angels have been to the postseason just once, in 2014, when Kansas City swept them in the divisional playoffs. With Albert Pujols nearing retirement and the news that Shohei Ohtani needs Tommy John surgery, the Angels must figure out how they will surround him with the talent needed to encourage him to sign.
"Obviously I want to win," Trout told the newspaper. "It's not a good feeling being in early September and you're out of it. It's definitely in the back of my mind, but you've got to trust the front office. We brought a lot of guys in this year and we were just banged up. You can't predict injuries like that."
When asked what he expected the front office to do this offseason, Trout said: "I haven't really thought about it. I'm just trying to finish out the season strong and see how it goes in the offseason."
On the season, Trout is batting .314 with 33 home runs, 68 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Without much protection in the lineup, he has a league-leading 111 walks.
He is a lifetime .307 hitter.
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