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Trout not concerned about contract talks

Trout not concerned about contract talks

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Very little has been reported with regard to a potential Mike Trout contract extension ever since the Angels' 22-year-old center fielder agreed on a $1 million deal for 2014 almost a month ago, a record for a pre-arbitration player.

"I haven't heard anything, either," Trout said Monday morning. "Nothing."

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Is that good or bad?

"I don't know if it's good or bad," Trout said. "I couldn't tell you. I'm just getting ready for the season. I'm just worried about getting off to a good start."

The Angels have been very tight-lipped about extension talks, and Trout's agent, Craig Landis, typically keeps everything close to the vest. Asked if there's any reason to think things have hit a snag because it hasn't happened yet, Trout, who's uncomfortable talking about contracts, said, "No, no. ... We're just getting ready for the season."

Trout landed awkwardly on a diving attempt Sunday, then struck out looking in his next two plate appearances and was the only everyday player who wasn't in the Angels' lineup Monday. But he felt fine and only had the day off to rest.

Through 17 games, he's batting .408/.463/.837 while leading the Angels in homers (five) and RBIs (16).

"I'm just happy I'm squaring up some balls," Trout said. "I feel real good at the plate. I'm right where I want to be to start the season. Trying to keep it up the middle, not trying to hit homers -- just happened to have hit five of them."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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