The Nationals and Anthony Rendon stayed that they would hold extension talks during the season during spring training. Today, those words held up as the Nationals and Rendon started extension talks for the first time spring training.
Rendon and General Manager Mike Rizzo met this afternoon to start the extension talks before the Nats hosted the Giants for a three game series starting tonight. The talks were reportedly held in the team’s family room right outside the Nationals clubhouse.
Many fans have called for a Rendon extension after his red-hot start to the season where he’s slashed .400/.460/.873. He’s already hit six homers and driven in 17. His 1.333 OPS ranks third in the Majors trailing only Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger.
The Nationals have held extension talks with Rendon for the past year but it seemed as if the extension talks fell through at the end of spring training after both sides remained “far apart.”
Nationals fans are starting to pressure the Lerner family into extending Rendon after watching Bryce Harper sign with the Phillies for $330 million. The Nationals fan base have started the “Lock Him Up!” chants during every home game.
Rendon has always been a solid contributor in the Nats’ lineup since he came up in 2013. He’s slashed .287/.363/.477 in seven seasons since he made his major league debut. Since 2016 Rendon has averaged a .296/.377/.517 slash line per season.
Although Rendon has yet to be selected to an all-star game, he’s still regarded as one of the biggest stars in the game. Rendon will likely sign an extension in Nolan Arenado’s eight-year, $260 million range.
Many players refuse to hold extension talks during the season but the Nationals have had success with mid-season extensions in the past. They extended Stephen Strasburg in May 2017 six months before he would’ve hit free agency.