- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 200 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/6/1990 (28)
Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon and catcher Yan Gomes each hit two of the team's seven total home runs in their 11-3 spring training win over the Mets on Friday. The others were hit by Adam Eaton, Ryan Zimmerman, and Matt Adams. Rendon makes for a strong if understated asset at third base (somewhere in the 8-10 range for the position) while Gomes, who will split time at backstop with Kurt Suzuki, should make for a solid second catcher in two-catcher leagues.
Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who is in the final year of his current deal in 2019, isn't putting a firm deadline on contract-extension talks. The Nationals expect talks to resume this spring once Bryce Harper's free agency is resolved. "We can talk as much you want, Im all ears," Rendon said. "Im a great listener. But it's not going to distract me. At least, I say it won't. And if it does become an issue, then I'll address it. But thus far, it's been all right." Rendon, who will turn 29 in June, would be one of the prizes of free agency if he reaches the open market. He is excellent on both sides of the ball and was worth 6.3 wins above replacement last year while hitting .308/.374/.535 with 24 home runs. Rendon isn't expected to give the Nats a hometown discount, though, as he's seeking a contract in the range of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who signed a five-year, $151 million extension last year. He's a fine consolation prize in the early rounds of drafts once the elite names come off the board.
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.