The Los Angeles Angels have agreed a deal with Anthony Rendon. The All-Star third baseman will receive $245 million over seven years, the same contract as his former Washington Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg. Jon Heyman first reported the news.
Many people might not see third base as a particular need or weakness for the Cardinals. The production that came from there, however, by Matt Carpenter could turn into a permanent hole, especially offensively, for a team that has lots of potential on the mound.
After the Washington Nationals won its first ever World Series championship in 2019, it’ll be all smiles for now, which the long-suffering franchise deserves at last. However, soon it will be time for free agency and GM Mike Rizzo’s task to remain among the MLB’s elite could prove more difficult than expected.
Washington DC has a World Series team for the first time in 86 years. Having not won a playoff series since their move from Montreal in 2004, the Nationals have managed to win two after sweeping the Cardinals. They will play either the Yankees or the Astros to win their first title.
Rendon currently has the 9th best OPS in a season by a third baseman since 1902, everyone above him either current or future Hall of Famers (and A-Rod). He has had a historic 2019, just not quite at the level of Yelich or Bellinger.
Washington Nationals have started the season 16-25 and are already eight games back in the ultra-competitive National League East.
A very solid lineup with some breakout potential, and a reliable pitching staff bolstered by some neat additions should see them in the hunt for division title right to the end of the season.