TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout has not set a deadline for negotiations on a long-term contract extension, and the Angels' center fielder said Thursday he would not be opposed to talks carrying into the regular season.
Players in similar situations often prefer to sign before the start of the season, so talks don't become a distraction, or put off negotiations until after the season. Not Trout, 22, who finished second in American League most-valuable-player voting in 2012 and 2013.
"It doesn't matter to me," said Trout, who signed for $1 million this season but is expected to command well over $100 million in an extension. "Nothing bothers me. I go out there and play, man. I don't worry about any of that stuff."
The Angels have been in talks with Trout's agent since November, but despite the optimism expressed by both owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Jerry Dipoto, the sides have not reached an agreement.
Trout, from Millville, N.J., doesn't seem the least bit distracted.
He had three hits, including a triple and a run-scoring single, stole a base and scored twice in Thursday's 8-6 exhibition victory over the Chicago White Sox. He's hitting .444 (12 for 27) with nine runs batted in and looks very comfortable in the batter's box.
"I love spring training, but I want to start playing in games that count," Trout said. "I want to be in Anaheim playing. I'm anxious for opening day. I'm excited. I'm ready to go now."