TEMPE, Ariz. -- Young superstar Mike Trout and the Angels continue to discuss six-year deals that would keep him in Los Angeles/Anaheim until he's 29 years old, with the sides maintaining a clear sense of optimism that something will eventually get done, likely somewhere in the $150 million range.
The focus is said to be mostly on the six-year length. That length would enable the Angels to extend him through his three arbitration years and more importantly three years of free agency while allowing him to bank about $150 million (or 50 times more than he's been guaranteed thus far, counting his amateur signing bonus) and also be in position to seek a monster free-agent contract as a 29-year-old, seven years from now.
While there's been a positive feeling since before the Angels gave Trout a record pre-arbitration $1 million contract for 2014 and that has extended through now, sources caution that they are still negotiating the exact dollar figure so no deal has been agreed to yet.
"I'm not worried about any of that stuff," Trout said the other day at Angels camp. "I'm just going to play, and whatever happens, happens."
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto declined to comment, and Trout's agent Craig Landis couldn't immediately be reached.
The Angels would prefer to buy out even more than three free-agent years, but it's believed that recent talks have centered around the six-year term. Such a deal would still be a benefit to Trout, who hit .323 with 27 home runs and 97 RBI to finish second in American League MVP voting a second straight time, as he'd have plenty of time remaining for the even bigger deal. Trout raised his on-base percentage from .399 to .432 in his second season as he actually improved from his spectacular rookie season.
The Angels also appreciate Trout's terrific work ethic and attitude ("great kid" is a phrase heard often) and have no qualms about another record deal for arguably baseball's best player. Trout was renewed at $510,000 last year but feelings turned positive as he received a $1 million one-year deal for 2014, $100,000 above Ryan Howard's pre-arb record. Jeff Passan of Yahoo originally mentioned the $150 million figure.