To all of Mike Trout's exceptional talents, add this one: political correctness.
A day after Trout's agent fired off a missive in which he said the Angels star was disappointed not only at his contract but at being moved from center field to left, Trout addressed the situation with the careful words of a politician.
"I'm a center fielder, obviously," Trout said Sunday. "My main position is center field, but if you're an outfielder, you should be able to play all three. I think it's going to help me get reads off the bat. It's going to be a fun adjustment for me."
Asked to characterize his feelings on the move, Trout would not bite at the words "angry" or "disappointed."
"I'm just happy to be in the lineup," he said.
Although Trout was one of the best center fielders in baseball last year — a finalist for the Gold Glove — the Angels have maintained Peter Bourjos is slightly better. Bourjos didn't get much playing time in 2012, but when he did, Trout moved to left. The Angels put Bourjos in center and Trout in left when protecting leads late in games.
For most of the winter, the Angels' plan has been to give Bourjos a shot at playing every day, which means Trout would spend most of his time in left.
As far back as November, when Trout spoke after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, he said he preferred to play center, but there was never much indication that Trout was unhappy about moving.
On Saturday, however, agent Craig Landis released a statement critical of the Angels' decision to renew Trout's contract, and he also mentioned the position change.
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