It was highly unlikely that Angels center fielder Mike Trout would have been traded this offseason, but general manager Perry Minasian said so definitively Tuesday.
“Mike Trout’s not getting traded,” Minasian told reporters at the winter meetings. “100%.”
There has been speculation the Angels would be willing to deal their homegrown star if Trout ever requested a trade.
He has often been asked whether he wants to leave the Angels, who have had eight consecutive losing seasons. The answer has always been varying ways of saying no.
“I’m doing the same thing I did the last, what, 13 years,” Trout said near the end of the 2023 season. “Going into the offseason, clearing my mind and getting ready for spring and wearing an Angels uniform in spring.”
Trout signed a 12-year, $426.5-million contract extension with the Angels during spring training in 2019. He won his third American League most valuable player award that season.
Trout finished his 2023 season on the injured list, his third consecutive season derailed by a significant injury. He suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist in July.
When asked what Trout could realistically be expected to do in 2024, Minasian said: “Mike’s obviously one of the best players, if not the best, in the game. … He’s somebody that’s had a couple of years where he’s been banged up, right?
“He’s had some injuries, some freak things that you don’t expect to continue to happen. So I know he’s really motivated. He’s working really hard this offseason, and I look forward to seeing him in spring training.”
The Angels received the eighth pick in the 2024 draft, the result of Tuesday’s MLB draft lottery. The Cleveland Guardians received the first pick.