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Mike Rizzo: Nationals are 'aggressively' trying to re-sign Anthony Rendon

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Mike Rizzo: Nationals are 'aggressively' trying to re-sign Anthony Rendon

The Washington Nationals have every intention of trying to reach a long-term deal with Anthony Rendon, GM Mike Rizzo said, looking to quell concern after a report Tuesday that he may be on his way out after the 2019 season.

"Anthony Rendon is a guy that we drafted, developed, signed and watch turn into a star in front of our eyes," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "He’s a guy that we’d like to have long-term. We’re certainly going to be aggressive and try to make that happen and hopefully, it will."

Nationals fans are growing anxious after the front office couldn't get a deal done with Bryce Harper, hoping a repeat wouldn't happen with Rendon who has had a breakout career with the Nats.

"We have shown that we’re not afraid to sign our own players, we’re not afraid to sign free agent players, and we’re not afraid to spend money on stars of the game and I don’t think Anthony Rendon would be any different," Rizzo said.

Grant Paulsen said on Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan's "Grant and Danny Show," that he believes the Nationals have missed their opportunity to re-sign Rendon.

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

Rizzo and the Nationals have already offered Rendon a contract extension in late March, to which he turned down. Since then, nothing has come to fruition. 

"It also takes two to get a deal done," Rizzo said. "We're aggressively trying to sign Anthony Rendon. We’d love to have him here as a National long-term.”

The Nationals look to bounce back after two straight losses to the New York Mets tonight at 7:10 p.m.


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Nationals know they can’t ‘do the whole 19-31’ again in shortened season

Nationals know they can’t ‘do the whole 19-31’ again in shortened season

WASHINGTON -- A number hanging over the tenuous 60-game season is 2.7. Each game is worth 2.7 times as much as it would be in a 162-game season. Which means amplification never before seen in Major League Baseball.

Slump for two weeks? That could be it for your average in 2020. Have a bad relief appearance? Your ERA is toast.
Team-wise, a five-game losing streak is the equivalent of a 14-game losing streak. That’s barely a bad week. But, when the season is just more than two months, each day carries new significance. And, the start is paramount.

The Nationals open July 23 at home against the New York Yankees and Gerrit Cole. Three games with the Yankees are followed by back-to-back two-game series with Toronto. The Nationals venture to Miami for three games to close the first full week.

“I think we all know that from Day One games are going to be important,” Yan Gomes said. “But also we all know that one of the last pitchers we faced last year was Gerrit Cole and I think we want to ride that confidence we got with him last [year]. Even though it’s a whole new ball game -- it’s a whole new season. Everyone is doing as much as they can right now, ramping it up and really getting game ready because we know it’s going to be a short season. We can’t really do the whole 19-31 and make it a story again. I think the story is going to be on the other end.”


Washington’s longest 2019 losing streak is any easy one to remember. It lost five in a row from May 19-23. Four of those losses came during the debacle in Flushing against the Mets, leading to the 19-31 no one can forget and everyone knows is a guaranteed baseball crash this year.

“First and foremost that’s good coaching by Yan,” Davey Martinez joked. “We cannot go 19-31. For me, it’s just do the little things. We’ve got to get 27 quick outs. We’ve got to get guys over from second base when we have to. At the end of the day, scoring one more run than the other team.

“Every game in a 60-game season, you start off kind of in a playoff run.”

Nine full series populate August. Four of them are against the Orioles or Marlins (12 of the 28 games total). The Mets, Braves, Phillies and Red Sox fill out the rest of the month. The Nationals have an off-day Aug. 20. They will be almost halfway through the season by then, less than a month after it started. The strange trade deadline occurs at the end of the month.


The brevity of the season and subsequent weight of games brings another layer of challenges. If a mediocre -- or worse -- team has a bad opening week, will that prompt more opt-outs? Will it be easier for teams to go from rut to abyss? Does that have a chance of under-mining the competitiveness of an already dubious season setup?

If the Nationals win the World Series, are they back-to-back champions? If not, are they still really the “true” champion? It’s apparent how local viewpoints will go on that topic.

But, that argument will only come up if they start well and make it into the playoffs. Go 3-10 across two weeks? That’s 9-27. It’s over. Better be ready from the jump.

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On Tax Day, who are the highest-paid DMV athletes?

On Tax Day, who are the highest-paid DMV athletes?

Last week, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sent shockwaves across the entire sports landscape when he signed a $503 million contract extension, the first contract worth half-a-billion dollars in sports history. Wednesday is also the national holiday Tax Day, when all federal income tax returns are due.

In light of Mahomes' big deal, as well Wednesday being Tax Day, NBC Sports Washington decided to take a look at the highest-paid athletes in the DMV. With three major championships in two years, there's plenty of talent in the District of Champions.

Here are the highest-paid athletes in the DMV.

Washington Wizards -- John Wall

2019-20 salary: $37.8 million
Total contract: $122 million over four years

Wall signed a Supermax contract with Washington following the 2016-17 NBA season, where the point guard put up a career-best 23.1 points per game and 10.7 assists per game. Injuries have derailed Wall over the past two seasons, but he's poised to come back this fall better than he ever was.

Washington Wizards -- Bradley Beal

2019-20 salary: $27.1 million
Total contract: three years, $90.3 million

With Wall sidelined, Beal has emerged as Washington's best player, and frankly, one of the best players in the entire NBA. The 27-year-old finished second in the NBA in scoring this past season, averaging a career-high 30.4 points per game. Beal has mentioned multiple times he wants to remain in D.C. for the remainder of his career, and the guard is eligible for a Supermax extension should he make an All-NBA team this year.

Washington Nationals -- Stephen Strasburg

2020 salary: $35.0 million
Total contract: seven years, $245 million

The reigning World Series MVP cashed in this offseason, inking a seven-year deal with Washington that will keep him in the nation's capital through his age 38 season. After entering the MLB as one of the most hyped-up prospects ever, Strasburg has justified the hype over the past few seasons, emerging as one of the best starters across all of baseball and an incredible postseason pitcher.

Washington Nationals -- Max Scherzer

2020 salary: $35.9 million
Total contract: seven years, $191.4 million

Since arriving in D.C. in 2015, Scherzer has been one of Major League Baseball's best pitchers, winning two NL Cy Youngs and finishing second and third in the voting the past two seasons, respectively. Scherzer is under contract through 2021, but it's never too early for Washington to start thinking about another extension.


Washington Capitals -- Alex Ovechkin

2019-20 salary: $10 million
Total contract: 13 years, $124 million

Arguably the face of D.C. sports, Ovechkin has cemented himself as one of the all-time greats during his time with the Capitals. The Great 8 is still as good as ever, and will likely command another lucrative deal following the end of his contract in 2021, even at age 36.

Washington Football -- Alex Smith

2020 salary: $21.4 million
Total contract: four years, $94 million

After suffering a gruesome leg injury in November of 2018, it's still uncertain whether Smith will ever play football again. But after watching 'Project 11,' you can't count the quarterback out. Washington has a potential opt-out of Smith's contract following this season.

Washington Football -- Landon Collins

2020 salary: $14 million
Total contract: six years, $84 million

Collins signed the highest-paid contract in NFL history for a safety in 2018 when he inked a six-year, $84 million deal with Washington last March. Collins' first season with the Burgundy and Gold was a little underwhelming, but there's plenty of hope for a bounce-back season with new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio at the helm.

Baltimore Ravens -- Earl Thomas

2020 salary: $13.75 million
Total contract: four years, $55 million

After a decorated career with the Seattle Seahawks, Thomas traded in the Pacific Northwest for the Mid-Atlantic last offseason and signed a four-year deal with Baltimore. In Baltimore, Thomas is the leader of what is arguably the best secondary in the NFL.

Baltimore Orioles -- Chris Davis

2020 salary: $23 million
Total contract: seven years, $161 million

Sorry, Orioles fans, Chris Davis is still on the books for three more seasons. The slugger was worth the lucrative deal when Baltimore signed him to an extension in 2016, as he was coming off a 47 home run, 117 RBI season. Unfortunately, Davis hasn't been anywhere close to that since.

Washington Mystics -- Elena Delle Donne

2020 salary: $215,000
Full contract: four years, $889,000

The two-time WNBA MVP and reigning champion Elena Delle Donne is deservedly the highest-paid player in the WNBA. However, it's uncertain whether she will play during Washington's abbreviated season in Orlando, as Delle Donne suffers from Lyme disease and could be at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

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