The list of Washington National's off-season fixtures has already been significantly reduced, after the team made two moves to improve their paddock and brought in two veteran receivers.
We then continue with a starter from the front row – perhaps Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel or Nathan Eovaldi – and, among other things, we'll see how the Bryce Harper draw goes out as annual winter meetings draw near. In the middle of all this is third baseman Anthony Rendon, another star talent and another player with an unknown future, whom the Nationals hope to be part of.
Rendon will be a free agent after the 2019 season, if he and the Nationals do not agree on a long-term extension before that date, and is not one to talk about himself (and, by extension, of his contract negotiations). However, he spoke mildly about a possible extension at the Nationals' annual Winterfest Sunday and expressed his interest in staying with the team beyond the coming year.
"Obviously, they like me, so I guess that's a good thing. That means I've done something good, "said Rendon about the discussions on the extension. "But yes, I'm leaving. We have been talking about it for about a year. If we both can reach an agreement and both parties are happy, why not?
As for knowing if he wants to reach an agreement before the upcoming season and avoid spending the year in suspense with free will, Rendon does not consider this a priority. Scott Boras, who represents Rendon, Harper and many other national citizens, tends to bring his clients to the independent agent market, asking teams to bid and raise prices. But Stephen Strasburg, another Boras customer, signed a long-term contract before launching into the free market in 2016, which could set a precedent for Rendon.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has expressed the wish to lock Rendon whenever he can – a logical move considering Rendon's consistency from year to year – and has doubled this Saturday.
"I think we should, and I think we have, and I think we'll continue to do that," Rizzo said of the initiative to expand Rendon. "He's a guy we wrote, signed and developed and he's one of us, he's a fantastic player that nobody talks about. "
This is how Rendon prefers it, because it is the rare talent at the level of the stars that would have any interest not to attract attention at all. He led the National League with 44 doubles in 2018 and finished the season with an average of .308, 24 home runs and 92 RBIs despite a three-week absence from the season due to # 39, an injury to the toe. According to FanGraphs, he has seven times more baseball wins than his baseball substitute in the past three seasons. Rumors that he would earn about $ 17.6 million from the MLB Trade Rumors will rise to $ 17.6 million next season.
His salary will probably be settled well before he and the Nationals are forced to go to arbitration, with or without an extension, and Rizzo also clarified that it is not one or the other. other when it is to sign Harper and / or Rendon for a long time. -term. The Nationals offered Harper a $ 300 million 10-year contract at the end of the season (which he did not accept), and Rizzo estimates that the average annual value of a long-term contract for Rendon would be close to the one he would get as a long-term contract. eligible player to arbitration in 2018. Thus, according to this logic, both could exist on the same payroll if it was possible to have both players sign in the foreseeable future.
Rendon does not think so far. When discussing the prospects of extending the contract, Rendon said, "I can die before the end of the season, a plane can collapse or something like that." He laughed and presented his goals for the season. the baby alive? It was a bit of his humor and his aversion to delve into any subject, but that does not mean that staying in Washington did not go through it.
"I think that's all I know so far," said Rendon about what makes this idea interesting. "They wrote me in 2011, it was a long time ago. So, you know, I just know the place and you have a soft spot, I guess, for your hometown, your first team, so why not stay with one team? As I said last year, these NBA players are warming up [moving around]. So maybe I have to stay with a team. "
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