Anthony Rendon is Heading to Anaheim
Man, super-agent Scott Boras has been busy lately. His clients include Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole, who just became the highest paid pitchers ever. Now he’s about to get his cut of the seven year/$245 million deal the Angels just made with All Star third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Rendon is coming off a huge year, what with a World Series championship and coming in third in the MVP vote. He led all of the majors with 126 RBI, hit .319/.412/.598, smashed 34 home runs, and led the National League with 44 doubles (for two years in a row, in fact). He also hit some seriously clutch moonshots during the World Series, particularly the go ahead home run in the incredible Game Six. Seriously, his performance in that game would be worth $35 million alone.
This deal gives Rendon $35 million/year, which makes the third highest paid player in the majors – just behind the aforementioned Cole ($36 million/year) and his new teammate Mike Trout ($35.5 million/year). The deal also includes an iron clad no trade clause and doesn’t give any escape via an opt out clause.
The Angels are going all in for 2020. They’ve got a new skipper in Joe Maddon, Mike Trout is coming off his third MVP, they still have a season left with Albert Pujols, have a DH like Shohei Ohtani, and they’re rumored to be in the hunt for a big name pitcher. Whether they can shell out for a name like Hyun-Jin Ryu or Dallas Keuchel now that they hold two of the largest contracts in the majors will be a bit less likely but not out of the question entirely. They want to win and they want it bad. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them land an above average pitcher with a shorter contract that is under $7-10 million, or trade some high level prospects to a team looking to deal a number two or three starter.
With the Astros losing Gerrit Cole, the AL West becomes just a tad bit more reachable for the rest of the West and the Angels in particular. The race won’t be the runaway that we saw in 2019, and frankly it will be exciting to see some better competition in the West.