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Trout calls move to left field 'fun adjustment' for him

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout would prefer to play center field. That's no secret. He's played there since his senior year of high school, enjoys the position and proved he's among the best center fielders in baseball during his rookie season.

On Saturday, Trout's agent, Craig Landis, offered up a reminder of that desire by indicating in a statement that Trout was disappointed about no longer being the everyday center fielder, in addition to being given $20,000 more than the minimum -- $510,000 -- for 2013.

Landis has previously voiced his displeasure to the front office about Trout moving to left field this season, in favor of Peter Bourjos. But Trout himself hasn't said much of anything -- publicly or to Angels executives -- and manager Mike Scioscia doesn't believe it's an issue.

"What's best for the team is what's best for the player," Scioscia said. "Mike is going to be a center fielder, no doubt. We understand that's his position. But right now, his versatility is something that's going to make us a better team."

Asked about no longer playing center field on an everyday basis Sunday morning, Trout called left field "a fun adjustment" and didn't express any bitterness.

"I'm just happy to be in the lineup every day," he said. "My main position is center field, obviously. It's definitely a different position than left field, but I just have to make an adjustment and go from there."

But in an email on Saturday, while writing that Trout's 2013 compensation "falls well short of a 'fair' contract," Landis added: "As when he learned he would not be the team's primary center fielder for the upcoming season, Mike will put the disappointment behind him and focus on helping the Angels reach their goal of winning the 2013 World Series."

Asked about Trout's position change shortly before Spring Training, general manager Jerry Dipoto admitted that Trout prefers center field, but dismissed the possibility of it becoming an issue.

"Mike's a team player, he has said he's a team player," Dipoto said. "What he has passed off to us is, 'At the end of the day, I believe I'm a center fielder and I'd like to play center field, but I'll do what's best for the team.'

"If somebody told me they're going to switch my position after I just had an MVP runner-up year, I'd probably be irritated by it. He's an outstanding defender, there's nothing about him that suggests he's not capable of being a standout center fielder. It just so happens that the other guy [Bourjos] is also a standout defensive center fielder. And from a positional profile, it suits [Bourjos] better to play center."

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