Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Angels are not talking with slugger Mike Trout about a long-term contract extension, according to his agent.
“I’ll answer one question on contract talks — there have been no discussions,” Craig Landis told the Los Angeles Times.
“Obviously, Mike’s future is extremely bright. We’ll be patient. Mike’s a young guy. However it goes, he’s going to make a lot of money and be a great player,” he said.
The 22-year-old Trout, who is completing of a second consecutive outstanding season with the Angels, has a salary of $510,000 this year despite his amazing performance last season.
Last season, Trout was a unanimous choice for the American League Rookie of the Year and runner-up to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera for the league’s MVP award.
However, the Angels opted to renew his rookie deal — worth just more than $482,000 — at the standard rate of $510,000, which is just $20,000 more than the league minimum.
Trout is batting .324 this season with 26 home runs, 92 RBIs, 33 stolen bases and a league-leading 108 runs. He owns a 9.1 WAR (wins above replacement) and is on the verge of leading the majors in that category for the second straight year.
Trout, who will not be eligible for salary arbitration until 2015, that he has come to accept Major League Baseball’s salary structure for young players.
“It was one of those things where [the Angels] own you, they can do whatever they want, and you have to accept it,” Trout said. “Everyone goes through it. I’m waiting patiently — my time will come.”
Trout also indicated that he would be open to signing with another team when he becomes a free agent after the 2017 season.
“It’s about time to start looking for a house,” Trout said. “I’m trying to see what direction my career takes me. Do I want to buy a house out here or some other place?”