After Bryce Harper's the Phillies, Angels superstar Mike Trout was asked on Friday about his own contract situation. The 27-year-old is still two years away from entering the open market, but the speculation about the possibility of the is quickly picking up steam.
Trout told reporters that he does not want to negotiate a new contract during spring training or the regular season. Here's what he said, according to MLB.com's Maria Torres and The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya:
Mike Trout said he does not want to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season over the next two seasons before his contract expires. That means that, if the Angels were to extend him before he hits free agency, that would come next offseason.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 1, 2019
Ardaya later clarified that Trout prefers not to negotiate during spring training or the regular season, though that doesn't mean a deal can't happen. He would rather focus on baseball.
To clarify this: Trout ideally doesn’t want to concentrate on a contract extension while he’s playing. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it’s not his preference. His pre-arb extension in 2014 was signed during spring training (3/28/14).— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 1, 2019
Trout's comments do not necessarily signify a big change in his situation, but it is worth noting that Trout has been extremely hush and non-committal regarding his future with the Angels. It's also no secret he's a lifelong Philly sports fan. With Harper and Manny Machado both signed to new teams, all eyes are now on Trout and what he will do as his contract is nearing expiration. The stakes are high, and next offseason is looking like it will be the best time for the Angels to lock down the franchise's best player.