The Nationals and under-the-radar star Anthony Rendon have ‘halted’ extension talks after Rendon turned down a recent unknown offer, the third baseman told NBC Sports Washington.
“We’ve had some talks in the past,” Rendon told NBC Sports Washington. “I think it’s kind of come to a halt lately. They had an offer out there [around the time of the Arenado deal]. It wasn’t to where we thought we should be. They said we’re going to continue to talk.”
After the recent departure of Bryce Harper, the Nationals turned their focus to locking up franchise cornerstone Anthony Rendon. The Nats made their offer around the time Nolan Areando signed a record-breaking in terms of average annual value with the Rockies (eight years, $260 million) in late February.
Rendon, 29, has been a key part of the Nationals consistent success since he was called up in 2013. Over the past six seasons, he’s had a slash line of .285/.361/.469 while averaging 17 homers and 70 RBIs a season.
“We love Tony to death,” managing principal owner Mark Lerner said last month. “He’s certainly one of the greatest players in the game today. He’s an even finer person. His activities with the youth baseball academy back in D.C. are phenomenal. He does it under the radar. It’s very important to him. Just a great example of the way a professional athlete should conduct himself. Like I said, he’s one of my favorites for a reason.”
Rendon and super-agent Scott Boras have yet to receive another offer from the Nationals. The Angels signed Mike Trout to a record-breaking extension yesterday afternoon.
Over the past two seasons, Rendon has been as good as anyone in the majors averaging a slash line of .305/.389/.534 with 24 homers and 96 RBIs.
Many argue that he’s been the most consistent player over the past few years for the Nationals and would be a better long term investment than Bryce Harper who is three years younger than Rendon.
“If (an extension) happens, it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t,” Rendon said.