Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno said the club has had internal discussions about making a new contract offer for superstar outfielder Mike Trout. The two-time American League MVP has two seasons remaining on a six-year, $144.5 million deal but has not yet given an indication whether he intends to remain with the team after 2020.
Trout doesn't want to discuss the contract situation at all. "I'm not going to talk about that," Trout told reporters on Monday. "Just trying to come in and get ready for spring, get ready for the season. I don't want to comment on that."
Moreno also met with reporters on Monday and he declined to go into detail when asked if there had been negotiations with Trout and his agent, Craig Landis. "I would probably say that we are in discussions (internally)," Moreno said. "In one of the last interviews I gave, I said it's not in the back of our mind, but it's in the front of our mind. I think it also depends a little bit on the agent and the player. So it's not just us. We try to stay in communication with how they are feeling."
So how is Trout feeling? Does the seven-time All-Star want to stay with the Angels for the long term? "I don't want to comment on that," Trout said. "But like I said, I enjoy it here. I'm having fun. Obviously, losing is not fun, but I enjoy playing this game. I leave it out on the field every night, every day and I go from there."
Part of the speculation mill involving Trout is tied into his strong attachment to the city of Philadelphia. Trout grew up in the small town of Millville, N.J., located about 50 miles from Philadelphia, and is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles' fan.
So rumors of Trout having interest in playing for the Philadelphia Phillies someday isn't an oddity and Trout understands that. "I don't think I went a day this offseason without somebody saying, 'Hey, when are you coming to Philly?'" Trout said. "I can't predict the future. I don't know."
Trout batted .312 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs and 24 steals in 140 games last season. Overall, he has a .307 average with 240 homers, 648 RBIs and 189 steals in seven-plus major league campaigns. --Field Level Media