TEMPE, Ariz. - The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout had not wanted to discuss his potential nine-figure payday other than to call the reports of a massive contract extension "pretty funny."
What exactly did he find funny?
"The numbers they throw out," the superstart outfielder from Millville, N.J., said Monday. "It's crazy what people are saying, and throwing out numbers like that. I'm in a spot where I wouldn't have thought I would be before my career was over."
That spot is going to come with a pretty high number, right?
"No comment," Trout said with a smile.
The Angels and Trout's representatives have yet to reach agreement on the years or dollars in a new contract, although a report Sunday outlined a deal in the range of six years and $150 million. The Angels prefer a longer term; a six-year deal would buy out three years of free agency but still give Trout the ability to test the market at 29.
An announcement of a new deal could come before opening day. The Angels had been concerned that an extension that starts in 2015 could force them to pay a luxury tax this season, but they since have learned that would not be the case so long as Trout already is signed to a 2014 contract. That one-year contract must be signed by March 11, the end of baseball's renewal window.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he has not spoken with Trout about the potential for contract talks distracting him. Scioscia said he has yet to notice anything in Trout's demeanor to indicate the 22-year-old is distracted by the possibility of a mega-deal.
"He hasn't flinched," Scioscia said. "He's very grounded. He has everything sorted out the way a young player has to have everything sorted out with his priorities.
"If nobody was paying attention to him, he'd be fine with it. If everybody was paying attention to him, he'd be fine with it."
Scioscia said his training camps are "high energy" and designed to keep players focused. He added that distractions can come in many forms and pointed out that Trout has handled distractions easily through two seasons with the Angels.
"We know how tough it is not only getting to the big leagues but making it in the big leagues," Scioscia said. "The footprint that he's made was pretty big in his first full year. To keep filling that footprint and to grow is a challenge, and Mike has shown no drop with what he did last year."
Trout came up a month into the 2012 season and took home the American League Rookie of the Year award after hitting .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs. He followed that with 27 homers, 97 RBIs and a .323 batting average in 2013. He was the runner-up for AL Most Valuable Player both seasons.
(Jim Richards of The Associated Press contributed to this report.)