Nats should be aggressively pursuing 'Plan B' to Rendon

The Fan News Desk
December 11, 2019 - 9:13 am

With Stephen Strasburg re-signed, the Nationals should be aggressively pursuing alternatives to Anthony Rendon at third base, says 106.7 The Fan columnist Rick Snider.

“They're looking for plan B hard," Snider told The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "I still give Rendon a chance here. I know he's looking elsewhere. I'm not sure why he doesn't want to stay here. He's been looking out there. There's nobody really in the bottom of the minors who's gonna be ready to come up and do this. They have to get a free agent, but they have to wait and see what Rendon does. They can't sign someone first."

Complicating matters further, Nats owner Mark Lerner just last week said the organization could only afford one of Strasburg or Rendon in free agency. After seemingly choosing Strasburg, GM Mike Rizzo sought to downplay that strategy, telling 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny Tuesday the team is still considering every available option, Rendon included.

Regarding a report that Strasburg is working hard to lure Rendon back to Washington, Snider speculated, "I'm sure Rendon will still take the call and say, 'Hey buddy, good for you, but I'm still gonna do this.'"

Still, Rizzo says the Nats are "never out on any player." That may be true. It could also lead to a Rendon-sized hole at third base and the Nationals scrambling to fill it.

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