The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms of a contract with infielder Anthony Rendon. The contract is the same as Stephen Strasburg’s, a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels. Anthony Rendon is the last “big name” free agent to come off the board this offseason. Jeff Passan of ESPN broke the news of the Angels coming to terms with Rendon. Over the past three days, Scott Boras has managed to bring in $814 million for Gerrit Cole signing with the New York Yankees, Strasburg signing with the Nationals, and now Rendon signing.
Anthony Rendon got seven years and $245 million from the Angels, source tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2019
On top of all that money, Rendon has a no-trade clause and no opt-outs in the seven-year deal. In 2019, Rendon played in 146 games for the Nationals where he hit .319/.598/.412 with 34 home runs and 126 RBI. Rendon will now join Mike Trout in the Angels lineup that has a new manager in the form of Joe Maddon. The Angels set out this offseason to bring in some lineup protection for Trout and they did it in the form of a 2019 Most Valuable Player candidate.
The third baseman market is now turning to Josh Donaldson who has now become the target for the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals. The Angels are looking to be contenders in the American League West division. The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are still underway and the rest of the week may offer plenty of surprises for teams around the league even with the Angels snagging the last big-name free agent.