6 biggest questions for Nationals entering the offseason
Can they sign Anthony Rendon
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We know Anthony Rendon is going to hit the free agent market this offseason, and we know he’s going to get one of the biggest contracts of the offseason.
The question for Nationals fans is, will they be the one to give it to him?
Rendon has been the MVP of the Nationals offensively for the past few years now — and it’s astounding that he’s only made one All-Star appearance (2019).
Last offseason, Nolan Arenado got a seven-year $260 million contract extension from the Colorado Rockies.
Arenado is just a little over a year younger than Rendon and has more accolades to his record, but Arenado also didn’t go to free agency where other teams could have driven up the price.
Rendon will turn 30 during the 2020 season, so it will be interesting to see the number of years teams are willing to give him.
My guess is that he’ll want a six-year deal for around $200 million ($30-$35 million a year).
There are a number of teams who will obviously want Rendon this offseason, but I think the Nationals are one of few that would actually be willing to give him that contract.
I think the biggest challenger for Rendon will be the Texas Rangers. It’s closer to his hometown of Houston, Texas, and they’ll be opening up a brand new stadium in 2020.
What better way to draw in a crowd in your new stadium than signing the hottest free agent out there?
Still, I think the Nationals are the favorites to sign Rendon this offseason, but it’s going to cost them a large amount of payroll and could prevent them from making upgrades elsewhere.
Those are the biggest question for the Washington Nationals going into the offseason. Let us know in the comments below which question you want to be answered the most.