Scott Boras telling people Nats 'missed the boat' on re-signing Rendon

Josh Luckenbaugh
May 21, 2019 - 8:29 am

The Nationals theoretically still have plenty of time to re-sign Anthony Rendon to an extension before he becomes a free agent this upcoming offseason.

But according to Rendon's agent, Scott Boras, it may already be too late. 

"Here's something I heard from someone who recently talked to Scott Boras," Grant Paulsen said on Grant & Danny Tuesday. "Apparently, he told that person that the Nationals already missed the boat on getting a deal done with Anthony Rendon." 

"Now, that's up to Anthony Rendon, not Scott Boras. And I think that's probably an agent starting to float (interest in Rendon)," Paulsen continued. "If I'm Scott Boras, I would want people to think it's too late. But he is at least already telling people the Nationals missed the boat."

Extension talks between Rendon and the Nats had come to a "halt" in March after the third baseman turned down an offer Rendon told NBC Sports Washington "wasn't to where we thought we should be."

However, it was reported both sides had returned to the negotiating table after GM Mike Rizzo managing principal owner Mark Lerner met with Rendon on April 16. 

"I was told by someone who knows Mark Lerner pretty well — and I was told not to give the name out, but — he said that the Lerners are very hesitant to give Rendon the money (Nolan) Arenado got, which would be roughly in the $250 million range," Jason Bishop of The Sports Junkies said Tuesday. "They said they wouldn't mind giving him $170 or $180, but $250, $260, they said they kind of balked at."

The Nats faced a similar situation last season with another Boras client, Bryce Harper. The two sides never reached an agreement, the Nats nearly trading Harper to the Astros at one point according to reports, and Harper ultimately signed with the rival Phillies during the offseason.

"Anthony Rendon has said a million times, 'I'm not Bryce Harper. If I want to re-sign and be here, I'm gonna re-sign and be here," Paulsen told the Junkies Monday.

"From a business standpoint, losing Bryce — whatever you think of that decision — I think it was the right decision. He's hitting .230 in Philly right now, he wouldn't fix their problems. That's not the end of the world."

"If the next offseason you lose Rendon, I just think people start looking around and going, 'Wait a second. We're not the Oakland A's. Why aren't we re-signing our star players here?' I think it'd be a bad look."

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