Mike Trout refused to comment on the possibility of him signing a record contract with the Los Angeles Angels in his latest press conference.
Trout returned to spring training this week and, upon entering his first news conference of 2014, swiftly refused to answer any questions regarding contract talks.
"I know what you guys are going to ask,'' Trout stated before the first question had been asked.
"I'm here to get ready for the season. I don't want to comment on the contract negotiations and stuff. I'm here to just get ready to prepare myself for the upcoming season.''
The interest in Trout's affairs sparks from reports that suggest he could sign a 10-year deal worth over $300m with the Angels in the coming months, shattering the record held by Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees.
With Trout widely considered the best all-round player in baseball, rumours around his future are likely to go on and on.
At just 22-years-old, the fanfare around this guy is more than justified.
"It's just been crazy, and it's still going on,'' Trout said. "As a kid, I always wanted to be here in a place where I could compete in the big leagues. Now I'm here and I'm living it up.''
What is becoming widely apparent about Trout is that he is not as interested in the money side of baseball than other stars in his calibre. His teammates confirmed that Trout is simply there to enjoy playing the game.
"The first thing I recognize in watching Trout is how much fun he has,'' said David Freese in his own press conference. "His level of enjoyment, from what I perceive, is rare in this game. Maybe it's easier when you're hitting .330 with 30 home runs and stealing every base you want. The guy has a blast out there. He's just a flat-out ballplayer. I know the guys love him here in this clubhouse.''
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