Rendon: 'No hard feelings' if Nats don't get extension done

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 01, 2019 - 12:14 pm
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Anthony Rendon finally has the All-Star honors his play this season, and arguably in years past, has deserved. 

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And now the main question is: How much do the Nationals value Anthony Rendon?

Rendon's current contract with the Nats expires at the end of the 2019 season, many fans clamoring for the team to get an extension with the All-Star third baseman done now.

But as you might expect, Rendon isn't too stressed about the contract talks. 

“I’m not going to be the one going out and trying to pursue it,” Rendon told The Washington Post last Tuesday. “At this point, if they present something and both sides are happy, then cool. If not, and it doesn’t happen, then no hard feelings.”

This relaxed attitude fits with how Rendon has carried himself throughout this process. 

"I'm up to listen to whatever the Nats have to offer or whatever they want to have the discussions about," Rendon said on 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny back in February. "If we can come to terms where both sides are happy, I mean, why wouldn't you take that, you know? If you feel like your value is getting appreciated and they're on the same page, then, I mean, what's the issue?"

Over the last few months, talks of an extension have come to a "halt" after the Nats made an offer Rendon felt "wasn’t to where we thought we should be," then restarted after an April 16 meeting with Nats GM Mike Rizzo and managing principal owner Mark Lerner, with few concrete updates since then. 

"We're aggressively trying to sign Anthony Rendon," Rizzo told The Sports Junkies on May 22. "We're certainly going to be aggressive and try and make that happen, and hopefully he'll go. We have shown that we are not afraid to sign our own players. We're not afraid to sign free agent players. We're not afraid to spend money on stars of the game and I don't think Anthony Rendon would be any different."

"If there's a deal to be had and both parties can come to an agreement, again, we want Rendon here and we'd love to have him here. But it also takes two to get a deal done," he continued. "We'd love to have him here as a National long term. And as far as the negotiations itself goes, you know I'm not gonna comment on that, but we'd like to have him here."

For their own sake, the Nats must hope they can lock up Rendon, lest they risk losing a star player two offseasons in a row and the subsequent vitriolic reaction from the fanbase. 

But right now, Rendon's focused on one thing: playing baseball. 

“I play baseball, I don’t deal with trades, free agency, any of that stuff," he told the Post. "I care about my future, of course, but whatever happens, happens.”

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