Nats' extension talks with Anthony Rendon have come to a 'halt'

Josh Luckenbaugh
March 20, 2019 - 8:17 am

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The Nationals' extension talks with Anthony Rendon have come to a "halt" after he turned down a recent offer, the third baseman told NBC Sports Washington.

“We’ve had some talks in the past,” Rendon said. “I think it’s kind of come to a halt lately. They had an offer out there [around the time of the Arenado deal]. It wasn’t to where we thought we should be. They said we’re going to continue to talk.”

With Bryce Harper off the books, Washington has been talking with Rendon about an extension as he enters the final year of his contract. The Nats made their latest offer to him in late February, around the time Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado signed his eight-year, $260 million deal with Colorado. Rendon, on the other hand, declined his offer from Washington.

Like Arenado, Rendon is one of the premier third basemen in baseball, a Gold Glove-caliber fielder who's averaged 23 home runs, 92 RBIs, a .292 batting average and .879 OPS his last three seasons. And ownership is well aware of his value on and off the field.

"We love Tony to death,” managing principal owner Mark Lerner said last month. “He’s certainly one of the greatest players in the game today. He’s an even finer person. His activities with the youth baseball academy back in D.C. are phenomenal. He does it under the radar. It’s very important to him. Just a great example of the way a professional athlete should conduct himself. Like I said, he’s one of my favorites for a reason.”

However, Rendon and agent Scott Boras have yet to receive an offer from the Nats which meets their requirements. And with Mike Trout finalizing a record-breaking extension with the Angels, the price may have just gone up.

“I feel like with those individuals -- with Arenado, when you have a talent like that who’s just as good as those other three guys that signed those big deals -- and Colorado understood that, so maybe they didn’t want to lose him,” Rendon told NBC Sports Washington. “Whether that being Nolan saying he wanted to sign an extension because he didn’t want to test free agency or maybe it was Colorado saying that we don’t want to lose this awesome player that we have. So, I think the Angels maybe thought the same way because that guy is pretty good, too. 

"If (an extension) happens, it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t.” 

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