Scott Boras trifecta of top tier free agents went in back-to-back-to-back days. World Series Champion Anthony Rendon is on his way to the Los Angeles Angels.
The deal, according to Jon Heyman, is 7 years and worth $245M. His $35M a year price tag is the second highest for a position player in the league, second to only new teammate Mike Trout.
A stellar defensive third baseman, Rendon is one of the league’s most under the radar hitters. In 2019, he was a 6.3 win player per BRef WAR, thanks to a .319 BA, 34 HR complimented by 117 RBI and a 1.010 OPS. He struck out only 86 times, rare low total for a power hitter in this era. He walked 80 times. Over his career, the All-Star third baseman has a .290/.369/.490 slashline. He’s spent all 7 seasons in a Nationals uniform.
A doubles machine, he’s aptly named “Tony Two Bags” after leading MLB in doubles both of the last two seasons. He will be in Orange County until age 37.
Rendon has been overshadowed throughout the years as an elite third baseman because of the superstar status of players such as Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado, who both signed record breaking contracts last offseason. He is now paid more than both.
This comes just a day after the Angels traded third baseman Zack Cozart to the San Francisco Giants. Between Rendon, future Hall of Famers Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani and All-Stars such as Justin Upton, there will be no shortage of firepower in the Angels lineup in 2020.
Bob Nightengale of USAToday reports that there is a no-trade clause. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that there are no opt outs.
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