With Stephen Strasburg secured on a record seven-year, $245 million contract, the next question left to answer for the Nationals is Anthony Rendon.
The All-Star third baseman is expected to get a contract that exceeds Nolan Arenado's $260 million contract from a year ago, which is a price the Nationals are most likely uncomfortable with given Mark Lerner's comments from a week ago.
MLB Network's Mark DeRosa sat down with our own Todd Dybas to discuss Rendon's future, and while he doesn't buy the fact the Nationals can only bring back one of Rendon and Strasburg, he doesn't see Rendon coming back.
"I would be shocked if he doesn't end up in a different uniform," DeRosa said. "I just think the market has presented itself now that teams like the Rangers, teams like the Dodgers are just going to be so gung-ho for Anthony's services that monetarily it might drive it to the point where it gets a little crazy."
Scott Boras is reportedly seeking a seven-year contract for his client, while the Nationals have also had reported interest in chasing Josh Donaldson if Rendon doesn't return.
Granted, all the teams DeRosa mentioned, including the Phillies have all been rumored to have the same plan. If the Nationals know they don't want to bring Rendon back at the price he's going to get, they should move on Donaldson soon. Because as DeRosa points to, the market is playing into Rendon's favor.
"He's the best free-agent hitter out on the market, there's a lot of teams in need of his services, there's only one fallback in Josh Donaldson," he said. "[Rendon] is the guy."
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