There have been a lot MLB rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Angels and their superstar center fielder Mike Trout in the past month. The Angels have the worst farm system in baseball and their roster is in no way capable of making the postseason.
In an appearance on ESPN Baseball Tonight podcast, Angels general manager Billy Eppler admitted that he talked to Trout about all the rumors. He added that they just joked around with it in the clubhouse and there are no serious talks about trading their star player.
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“There was a casual exchange that we had in the clubhouse. It was more done in a joking manner. He was like, ‘Hey, am I getting moved?!’ and I was like, ‘Not a chance, brother! You ain’t going anywhere,’” Eppler said.
“There’s no way we’re going to part ways with Mike. He’s just too much of an impactful player. He means too much to this clubhouse, community, organization. This guy embodies so much more than what you see when it’s lights, camera, action. He’s the epitome of what good people are. He’s blessed, obviously, with a ton of athletic ability, but it translates into more than what we see on the playing field,” he added.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it will be very hard to trade Trout due to a number of factors. He has a no-trade clause, he wants to stay with the Angels, he has a big contract until 2020 and it will take a lot of top prospects to get him.
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Nonetheless, there are still teams linked as possible suitors for Trout including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies.
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