Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Owner Arte Moreno said last week that the club is “always” thinking about a possible extension for Trout, but there’s no urgency to do that now. Trout didn’t want to get into the topic either.“I’m out here just to play baseball,” he said. “Those other things will take care of themselves later.”Always careful to say the right thing, Trout avoided possible trouble at home with another answer.A lifetime Philadelphia Eagles fan who saw his team win the Super Bowl in person, Trout was asked what was the best part of his offseason: “Obviously, getting married. Can’t trick me on that one.”UPTON’S INFLUENCETurns out that Justin Upton has been a pretty influential figure in the Angels’ offseason.A day after veteran outfielder Chris Young signed a one-year deal with the Angels, Young said that talks with Upton, his former teammate and longtime friend, helped convince him the Angels were a good destination. In December, Ian Kinsler said that Upton, his former teammate, affected his decision to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Angels.“I worked out with him all offseason, so bouncing it off of him, how he felt about the organization, how he felt about his short time here last year, he had nothing but great things to say,” Young said.Young, who will back up at all three outfield positions, said it was a frustrating winter, waiting so long for a deal. He signed just in time to make the Angels’ first full-squad workout, on Monday.“If I hadn’t signed today, my answer might have been a little bit different,” Young said. “But in the grand scheme of things, I was still signed before spring opened up, so I’m glad it was able to get done.”ALSOOhtani had a light bullpen session, after which he said he continues to get a better feel for his pitches. He also took batting practice. He could face live pitching in batting practice for the first time on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending how he feels on Tuesday morning Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels still have not announced on which day he will make his Cactus League debut. …Scioscia reiterated that the plan is for third baseman Zack Cozart to also work out this spring at shortstop and second base. He has never played second or third in the majors, so that would mean he will have to learn two positions. The trade of C.J. Cron, however, clears a roster spot that could allow the Angels to keep another player – such as Kaleb Cowart, Nolan Fontana or Colin Walsh – as the backup second baseman. …Scioscia and Martin Maldonado deferred comment on the new pace of game procedures until after they’d had more time to digest them. The rules, which most notably limit mound visits, were released just as the Angels took the field on Monday. One of the components in Gold Glove selection is the Society for American Baseball Research’s Defensive Index (SDI), which ranked Trout seventh in the league last year. According to FanGraphs’ all-compassing defensive metric, Trout ranked fifth in the league.Trout’s desire to improve his defense was just one of the topics he addressed in his traditional briefing with the media at the beginning of spring training.Trout said he’s particularly excited about this season because of all the upgrades the club made, from bringing in Shohei Ohtani to re-signing Justin Upton to adding Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart.“People are going to think the expectations are higher for sure,” Trout said “We’re trying to get to the playoffs and make a push. We’ve got one goal in there, to win a championship. The last few years I’ve been here we’ve had some good teams. We’re really excited to get this thing going.”How well the Angels do also, obviously, has an impact on Trout’s long-term future. Trout, 26, has three years to go on his contract, and he acknowledged that his desire to stay is connected to the team’s prospects for winning. As has been well chronicled, the Angels have made the playoffs just once in Trout’s six years, and they were swept. TEMPE, Ariz. — The best baseball player in the world has his eyes on one particular area in which he can improve.“There are a lot of defensive metrics out there that you want to get better on,” Mike Trout said before the Angels’ first full-squad workout of the spring on Monday.Asked if he’d been paying attention to those advanced numbers, Trout said: “It pops up every once in a while. I’m trying to get better at everything.”For all of Trout’s accomplishments, he has not won a Gold Glove. It is partly because he happens to be in the league at the same time as players like Kevin Kiermaier, Byron Buxton and Kevin Pillar, who are all outstanding center fielders.