The third and final player who is out of contract with no options after the 2019 season is Anthony Rendon. He’s been a regular at the hot corner for the Washington Nationals, and fans are hoping that will be the case for the foreseeable future.
Rendon has been one of the most underrated players in all of baseball ever since he made his debut back in 2013. He boasts an impressive career .830 OPS while exceeding a .900 figure in his previous two seasons as he has really come into his own.
All of this while playing well above average defense at third base which has been huge ever since Ryan Zimmerman shifted to first base. The question now will be whether he’s destined to stay there beyond 2019 with the only team he’s ever known.
Rendon has previously expressed his interest in getting a long-term deal done with the Nats saying he was “up for it” back at Winterfest. General Manager Mike Rizzo also said he thinks the Nationals should be looking to lock him too at the yearly event, so a deal could easily happen.
There were recent rumors that Rendon was looking for a contract similar to Jose Altuve‘s seven-year, $164.5 million extension. Several Nationals fans would sign that in a heartbeat, so odds are that the team and franchise cornerstone could get something worked out so that he returns in 2020.
Prediction: Anthony Rendon re-signs with the Nationals