No more rumors.
Anthony Rendon is going to be a Los Angeles Angel for the next seven years.
He will make $245 million overall, for an average of $35 million per season. It’s an increase of more than $16 million per year, as his contract this past season paid him $18.8 million (excluding any playoff bonuses).
People speculated Rendon would stay in D.C. since the Washington Nationals drafted him and are the only team he knows, perhaps taking a hometown discount. But with Scott Boras as his agent, that possibility dwindled by the day. Other rumors linked Rendon to teams in his native Texas, but ultimately the Angels won out.
Rendon later revealed he did not want to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers because the “Hollywood Lifestyle” isn’t for him. He’s a notoriously low profile player who doesn’t do many interviews and is not on social media.
His most notable off-the-field contribution to the D.C. area was as the Nats player representative to the Nationals Youth Academy, a role he assumed after Ian Desmond left. Rendon spent time at the facility and worked with the students.
In addition to making an impact on local kids, Rendon was an integral part of the Nats team this season. He and Trea Turner said they were each other’s best friends, and even had shirts made. Rendon would be referred to as “Trea Turner’s best friend” and vice versa.
Turner didn’t take the news of his former best friend’s departure well. Not long after the news of Rendon’s new contract broke, Turner posted a video on social media where he took one of the shirts out of a drawer and kicked it across the floor.
We feel the same way, Trea. We really do.
Now that the dust has settled, some questions remain. The Nats may have some additional money to spend since they didn’t also commit nearly $250 million to their MVP-caliber third baseman. Sure, Howie Kendrick or Carter Kieboom can fill in, but neither of them are likely to play the position in the long term. Josh Donaldson is still on the market, but he’s 34, so he probably doesn’t have more than one or two good seasons left in him.
Strasburg is back to anchor the rotation with Max Scherzer, but Mike Rizzo has created a large hole in the infield that needs to be filled as soon as humanly possible.