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Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout lacked confidence on base paths last season

By Alex Butler   |   Feb. 24, 2016 at 7:32 PM
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ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- After leading the league with 49 steals in 2012, Mike Trout has seen steady slips in his stolen base statistics.

And rare critics haven't been the only ones who have noticed.

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Trout told MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez Wednesday that his confidence is the culprit.

The 24-year-old won Rookie of the Year in 2012 and finished second in MVP voting. In 2013, he swatted 27 home runs and 33 stolen bases. In 2014 he won MVP by swatting 36 home runs but only stole 16 bases. Last season he dipped down to a career-low 11 steals.

Angels owner Arte Moreno spoke last week to the Orange County Register about the possibility of trading Trout.

"One hundred percent we are not trading Mike Trout," Moreno said. "We're not trading Mike Trout. It's not even in the thought process. Yes, we want to win. But we're not going to give up any part of what we're going to do in the future by making economic mistakes right now."

Trout will make $15.25 million this season and $19.25 million next season, before his salary jumps to more than $33 million, annually, through 2020.

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