- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 200 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/6/1990 (28)
Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $18.8 million deal. Because Rendon doesn't have elite power for a corner infielder -- he's yet to top 30 home runs in six seasons -- he's in the back end of the conversation for the top 10 fantasy third baseman. But he's a nice consolation prize around the fifth or sixth round after hitting above .300 with 192 RBI the last two seasons. He's also posted an OPS above .900 in back-to-back years as he heads into his age-29 season.
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he expects to continue pursuing an extension for third baseman Anthony Rendon. The Nats will possibly lose superstar outfielder Bryce Harper in free agency this offseason, so they do not want to lose their next biggest star in Rendon. The 28-year-old has hit .305/.389/.534 with 85 doubles and 49 home runs in the last two seasons and plays strong defense at the hot corner. He could be in line for a five- or six-year deal worth more than $25 million annually. With Scott Boras as his agent, don't expect him to give the Nats a hometown discount.
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (wrist) is back in the lineup Monday. Rendon had missed the past two games with a sore wrist but is back and will bat cleanup against the Cardinals. Rendon's elite ability to get on base is vital in the heart of Washington's order. With him, Murphy, and Zimmerman now healthy, maybe they can get things going to make a real push for the NL East crown.