Angels’ Mike Trout: ‘Now is not the time’ to focus on future contract

Mike Trout said he is not thinking about the Giants or any other team but the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels center fielder said in Tempe, Ariz., that he is happy for outfielder Bryce Harper, who has agreed to a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, but that he hasn’t considered how Harper’s deal will set the stage for his own negotiations.

Trout can become a free agent after the 2020 season. He is owed $33.25 million in each of the next two seasons, completing a $144.5 million, six-year contract.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” Trout told reporters Friday before a Cactus League game against the Kansas City Royals. “Obviously, you guys bring it up a lot and I appreciate you asking me all these questions, but right now is not the time to think about it. I still have a couple more years.”

Angels owner Arte Moreno reiterated last month at the start of spring training that re-signing Trout is at the top of the franchise’s list.

“One of the last interviews I gave, I said it’s not in the back of our mind but in the front of our minds,” Moreno said. “I think it also depends a little bit upon the agent and the player. It’s not like it’s just us.”

Trout is a two-time American League MVP who has finished in the top two in voting six of the past seven years. He led the majors last season in on-base percentage (.460) while hitting .312 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs.

Trout hit his first double of the spring and walked twice in the Angels’ 10-7 win over the Royals on Friday.

Royals’ Perez hurt: Royals catcher Salvador Perez has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the possibility the 2015 World Series MVP may need season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Perez was hurt during a workout Wednesday, and the team said an MRI exam Thursday revealed the damage. Perez will travel to California for a second opinion.

Perez, 28, has been an All-Star for six straight seasons and won a Gold Glove in five of the past six years. He hit .235 with 27 home runs and 80 RBIs last year.

Briefly: Right-hander Bud Norris, who had 28 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 64 appearances with the Cardinals last year, agreed to a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays. … Reliever Adam Warren, who was 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 47 relief appearances for the Yankees and Mariners in 2018, signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Padres. … The Orioles claimed infielder Hanser Alberto on waivers from the Giants. … Lingering knee swelling and stiffness will delay Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro’s return to exhibition action.

Exhibition highlights: Michael Pineda made his first start for the Twins as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, allowing one hit in two innings, striking out one and walking none in a 4-3 win over the Red Sox. The 30-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since July 2017. … Jacob deGrom made his second start for the Mets, allowing one hit in three shutout innings with four strikeouts in a 7-1 win over the Tigers. Detroit starter Tyson Ross, a Cal alum, gave up three runs, three hits and three walks in two innings. … Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg made his first spring training start and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in his team’s 5-4 win over the Marlins.

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