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Mike Trout hearing from friends, family about Yankees trade rumors

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Mike Trout’s long-term future with the Los Angeles Angels organization has been a hot topic throughout the early part of the 2016 MLB season, primarily due to how the team has stumbled to a 26-31 start.

Trade rumors have been rampant surrounding the 24-year-old slugger, so much so that both he and the organization have frequently been forced to publicly deny the speculation that he’s on the block.

But being a Millville, N.J., native, Trout has started to hear from friends and family back home about the possibility that the New York Yankees could make a move on him should the Angels make him available.

While no substantive reports have surfaced detailing the Yankees’ possible interest in Trout, he nevertheless is getting peppered with questions about it. And to those inquiries, Trout has but one response.

“I just say that I’m happy where I’m at right now,” Trout told NJ Advance Media before Monday’s tilt against the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, the first of a four-game series.

A recent report from the Boston Globe lent credence to the notion that Trout could one day end up with the Yankees, specifically due to Angels general manager Billy Eppler’s professional history with Yankees boss Brian Cashman.

Despite all the whispers and speculation, the Angels and Trout have put on a united front indicating the young slugger, one of the best players in Major League Baseball, will be with the team for the long haul.

Meanwhile, Trout will simply enjoy his trips back to the East Coast and the chance to get a taste of home, however brief.

“It’s always good coming back, for sure,” he said. “(I get to) see a lot of family members, see a lot of friends and obviously Yankee Stadium is great.”