Report: Nats made Anthony Rendon 7-year, $210+ million offer

Chris Lingebach
September 30, 2019 - 7:50 pm

The Nationals made All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon a seven-year contract offer in the range of $210 million and $215 million, Barry Svrluga reports for The Washington Post.

According to Svrluga, the offer was made early in September and "differs vastly from the 10-year, $300-million offer the Nationals made last September to outfielder Bryce Harper," the difference being the Harper offer included approx. $100 million in deferred salary, with the final payment deferred until 2052.

Per Svrluga, the Nats' offer to Rendon is structured similarly to the seven-year, $210 million deal given to Max Scherzer ahead of the 2015 season, with the deferrals expected to be paid off within seven years of the contract expiring.

Per the reported terms of the deal, the Nats' offer is in the ballpark of the eight-year, $260 million deal the Colorado Rockies gave to third baseman Nolan Arenado. At one year less and a slightly lower average annual value, Rendon – if he were to accept the offer – would be paid between $30 million and $30.7 million per season. Arenado is earning an average annual value of $32.5 million.

Rendon has seldom spoken about free agency during the season, but in July hinted to 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier that he was leaning toward testing his value on the open market.

"I mean, if you're giving me the opportunity, and saying I'm this close from going to go car shopping, from multiple lots, instead of staying in one lot, I mean, what would you do?" Rendon told 106.7 The Fan in July.

Per Svrluga, Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner has met with Rendon several times, including last week, in an effort to gauge his interest in the offer and "make sure he knows how much the club would like to keep him."

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