The Angels attained a seven-year, $245MM arrangement with free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The deal comprises a whole no-trade clause, but there are not any opt-outs, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The contract does not contain any deferrals, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post adds.
Rendon’s the next Scott Boras client to land a $200MM-plus contract this past week. He, Gerrit Cole ($324MM) and Stephen Strasburg ($245MM) will unite to get a $814MM in warranties. Rendon’s currently leaving Strasburg along with the Nationals, with whom he won a World Series at 2019. Regardless of the Nationals’ deep pockets, however, proprietor Mark Lerner expressed uncertainty past week about the group’s likelihood of re-signing both marquee free agents. After Strasburg re-signed, the likelihood was that Rendon could depart.
Other groups, such as the Dodgers and Rangers, aggressively chased Rendon within the last couple of days. But he’s chosen to group with all the game’s leading player, Angels center fielder Mike Trout, to constitute one of the greatest tandems in baseball. The soon-to-be 30-year old Rendon is currently second only to Trout in typical yearly value ($35MM) for players.
Rendon earned his tremendous money with a great biography in Washington, in which the 2011 sixth overall selection debuted a couple of decades afterwards and proceeded to place four seasons with upwards of 6.0 fWAR. He saved his finest Nats effort for final, slashing. 319/. 412/. 598 using a personal-high 34 home runs along with also a career-best 7.0 fWAR throughout the 2019 normal period. Rendon was also an essential component of the team’s improbable run to a tournament, as he logged a 1. 003 OPS with three homers from the playoffs. His Game 7 World Series HR from the Astros awakened the Nationals from the seventh inning, helping direct to some title-winning comeback.
Undoubtedly, Rendon’s death bites for the Nationals, who issued a qualifying offer following this season. Consequently, they will amass a 2020 draft pick involving Aggressive Balance Round B and Round 3. The Angels, meanwhile, could concede their second-highest select next season and shed $500K of the global bonus pool. But that is a small cost to pay to the Angels, a group desperately looking for a return to the playoffs following five consecutive failed seasons. They entered the offseason seeking to earn an great splash, evidenced by their own fascination with Cole, Strasburg and now-Phillie Zack Wheeler, and they pulled it off by reeling in Rendon.