Anthony Rendon signs 7-year, $245 million deal with Angels

Chris Lingebach
December 11, 2019 - 11:53 pm

By the time you read this, it will already be too late: Anthony Rendon will be an Angel.

Los Angeles swooped late night (Eastern Time) to steal the free agent third baseman away from the Nationals. As first reported by Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman and confirmed by 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen, Rendon agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels Wednesday evening.

Rendon's deal breaks the MLB record for highest average annual value for a third baseman, at an AAV of $35 million per year.

Coincidentally, that's the exact same price – both in term and AAV – the Nats paid to retain Stephen Strasburg. But the devil is in the details. The Angels made their offer with no deferrals.

Rendon joins what will now be a loaded lineup in Anaheim, featuring some of the best hitters in baseball in Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols.

It's been a banner week for agent Scott Boras.

Here's a look at the Nats' current projected Opening Day lineup:

So long, Tony Two Bags. Thanks for bringing a title back to D.C.!