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#pounditTuesday, November 30, 2021

Angels owner says they are thinking about Mike Trout extension

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Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is not in a rush to extend Mike Trout, but he says the subject is on his mind.

Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million contract with the Angels in 2014 that carried him through 2020 and bought out some of his free agency years. Though he will still be with the Angels for a few more seasons, Trout is not the kind of player you want to let go. That’s why some are wondering if the sides have talked about an extension.

“Let’s put it this way, it’s always in our minds,” Moreno said Thursday, via the OC Register. “We’re always thinking about it. If you look at long-term plans, you’re always trying to position yourself properly.”

Moreno did note that there is no time pressure to get a deal done and that they don’t want to do anything in an “urgent” manner.

The Angels seem to be handling Trout’s contract situation with caution. A report last year said that Trout’s side had proposed something of a lifetime deal with the Angels that would have run for 14 or 15 years before the sides eventually agreed on the six-year extension. Now they’re faced with the possibility of losing him in a few seasons and should probably place more urgency on the matter than Moreno is. Perhaps the way the Albert Pujols contract has turned out has given Moreno some reservations about making another long-term commitment worth big money.

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