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Mike Trout willing to wait for deal

Mike Trout's agent says there have been no discussions between the star outfielder and the Los Angeles Angels about a long-term contract.

Trout, 22, is nearing the completion of a second consecutive outstanding season with the Angels. Trout's agent, Craig Landis, told the Los Angeles Times that his client, whose salary this season is $510,000, will patiently wait for a lucrative contract offer.

"I'll answer one question on contract talks -- there have been no discussions," Landis told the Times. "Obviously, Mike's future is extremely bright. We'll be patient. Mike's a young guy. However it goes, he's going to make a lot of money and be a great player."

Trout is batting .324 this season with 26 home runs, 92 RBIs, 33 stolen bases and a league-leading 108 runs. He owns a 9.1 WAR (wins above replacement) and is on the verge of leading the majors in that category for the second straight year.

Trout burst onto the scene last season, when he was a unanimous choice for the American League Rookie of the Year and runner-up to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera for the league's MVP award.

But despite Trout's record-setting 2012 campaign, the Angels opted to renew his rookie deal -- worth just more than $482,000 -- at the standard rate of $510,000, which is just $20,000 more than the league minimum.

Trout, who will not be eligible for salary arbitration until 2015, told the Times that he has come to accept Major League Baseball's salary structure for young players.

"It was one of those things where [the Angels] own you, they can do whatever they want, and you have to accept it," Trout told the newspaper. "Everyone goes through it. I'm waiting patiently -- my time will come."

Although he told the Times that he "loves" playing for the Angels, Trout also indicated that he would be open to signing with another team when he becomes a free agent after the 2017 season.

"It's about time to start looking for a house," Trout told the paper. "I'm trying to see what direction my career takes me. Do I want to buy a house out here or some other place?"