Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole each signed record-breaking contracts over the first two days of the Winter Meetings, which leaves Anthony Rendon as the best player available on the market.
Rendon has drawn interest from many clubs, including the Rangers, Dodgers, Nationals and Angels.
On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal reported how the Dodgers are starting fade from the bidding and how Rendon 'balked' at the deferrals in Washington's initial contract offer.
#Dodgers pessimistic on chances of landing free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon, sources tell The Athletic. #Rangers remain heavily involved. #Angels also interested, too. #Nationals a long shot; Rendon balked at deferrals in their initial seven-year, $210M-$215M offer.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2019
The Dodgers were reportedly willing to move Justin Turner off third base to make room for Rendon. According to Bob Nightengale, they're engaged in serious trade talks with the Indians on shortstop Francisco Lindor.
And once Strasburg signed a seven-year, $245 million deal to return to Washington, the general feeling was Rendon wouldn't be back following Mark Lerner's comments regarding the team's ability to afford him and Strasburg.
Max Scherzer's contract had over $100 million in deferrals, and Strasburg's has about $80 million as well.
Scott Boras talked Tuesday about how the deferrals leave room for the Nationals to sign 'Rendon and many players,' but it doesn't appear the Nationals have a great chance at bring Rendon back if they don't change the terms of their offer.
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