Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout shot down speculation he'd seek a trade amid the team's frustrating first half of the 2022 MLB season.
The three-time American League MVP, who signed a 12-year, $426.5 million contract in 2019, said he remains committed to the Angels despite the club's seven-year playoff drought and current 37-45 record.
"I signed the contract, and this is where I want to be," Trout said Tuesday, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. "A lot of people are like, 'Oh, he wants to be traded. Do this. Do that.' I want to win. Everybody knows that. Going into the year, this isn't where we wanted to be, obviously. Everybody knows that. We've still got time to turn this around."
The fact L.A. features arguably baseball's two best players, Trout and two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, and still hasn't been able to build a consistent winner has reached meme status.
Injuries have been a factor, most notably this year the loss of Anthony Rendon to season-ending wrist surgery, but the front office's inability to build roster depth around its core duo is the source of the issue.