Angels signing Anthony Rendon to $245 million deal – New York Post
The Angels may have missed out on Gerrit Cole, but at least secured free agency’s next-biggest prize as superstar third baseman Anthony Rendon is in agreement with the club on a seven-year, $245 million contract, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Wednesday.
Rendon, former Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg and Cole were the top free agents this offseason, and the three all came to agreements on new deals during this week’s MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.
The Angels were in the hunt for Cole, who landed with the Yankees on Tuesday night for a record-setting nine-year, $324 million deal, while Washington chose to spend big on Strasburg (also seven years, $245 million) rather than Rendon, whose new contract with the Angels does not include an opt-out clause.
The Angels desperately were looking to make a major splash so not to continue wasting the prime years of Mike Trout, but will still need to solidify their shaky rotation after acquiring Dylan Bundy in a trade with the Orioles but letting Cole slip through their fingers. The Indians’ Corey Kluber is a possible trade candidate to fill out the top of the Angels rotation.
The 29-year-old Rendon spent his first seven seasons with the Nationals and emerged as a superstar this season, finishing third in the voting for NL MVP and helping lead Washington to the franchise’s first World Series championship.
He had a career-high 34 home runs and league-leading 126 RBIs, while hitting .319/.412/.598.
The Dodgers and Rangers were the front-runners to land Rendon before the Angels landed him.
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