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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Mike Trout and the Angels are continuing to discuss a six-year extension and the sides are "maintaining a clear sense of optimism that something will eventually get done."
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan first reported last month that the two sides were discussing a six-year deal in the $150 million range, and Heyman says those are still the parameters. A six-year deal would buy out Trout's first three years of free agency but still allow the outfielder to hit free agency again at the age of 29.
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Mike Trout began the Cactus League season with a bang in Friday's 15-3 rout of the Cubs, blasting a grand slam home run and plating five runs.
Trout singled home a run in the second inning, then deposited a James McDonald offering over the wall to clear the bases to highlight a nine-run uprising in the fourth. As great of a hitter as Miguel Cabrera is, Trout should be the first name called in fantasy drafts this spring.
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A source tells USA Today's Bob Nightengale that the Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are negotiating a six-year contract extension worth around $140 million.
The prospective deal would keep Trout with the Angels through the 2020 season. Talks of a long-term extension have been reported in recent days, and with Trout's new $1 million salary for 2014 out of the way the two sides can focus on hammering something out. Previous reports from Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan had the deal in the seven-year, $150-160 million range, but either way, it seems like only a matter of time before the two sides agree on a deal that will pay the 22-year-old a whole lot of money.
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels' "desire" is to sign Mike Trout to a seven-year extension in the $150-160 million range.
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan has reported that the two sides are discussing a six-year deal in the $150 million range, while Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says the club wants the extension to be for at least eight years. It appears they might meet in the middle. A seven-year deal would allow Trout to hit free agency at 29 years of age.
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Mike Trout said Wednesday in Angels camp that he wants to steal more bases this season.
"I thought my stolen bases were down last year," Trout said. "I have to take advantage of taking that extra base." Trout's stolen bases fell from 49 in 2012 to "just" 33 last season. Trying to find an area for improvement is nitpicking for the two-time MVP runner-up, but the 22-year-old says he's in the best shape he's ever been in and a return to center field on a full-time basis could lead to an improved comfort level.
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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Mike Trout is expected to begin the 2014 season hitting second in the Angels lineup.
While many have been clamoring for the uber-talented outfielder to hit in the leadoff spot, Angels skipper Mike Scioscia likes the idea of having Albert Pujols hit behind Trout to protect him. He may add a few more runs scored, and lose a few RBI hitting in the second slot, but his overall value should remain the same. He's still the top option on most draft boards.
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According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are aiming to reach a multi-year deal with Mike Trout by the start of the 2014 regular season.
Trout and his agent were disappointed last spring when the Angels committed just a $510,000 salary to the star outfielder for the 2013 season. Trout is still in the pre-arbitration stage and won't have a say over how much he makes in 2014, but it will be considerably more than the major league minimum if an extension can be worked out. DiGiovanna says the new contract "is expected to make Trout one of baseball's highest-paid players."