If you thought Anthony Rendon was only in the market for shorter-term contracts, think again.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Rendon's agent, Scott Boras is reportedly asking teams interested in him for seven-year contract offers.
Rendon has long spoken about retiring at the age of 35, so a seven-year deal this winter would take him past that mark. The Nationals already offered him a seven-year contract in September, albeit for $210-215 million and not at or past the $260 million Nolan Arenado signed for last year.
Rosenthal includes in his report that Rendon will "almost certainly" want to exceed Arenado's total on his new contract.
This obviously goes against the previous notion that Rendon would want a short-term, higher AAV contract, but if the offers aren't there, the only way to beat out Arenado is to be open to longer deals.
For Nationals fans hoping for this to play out quickly, Peter Gammons reported Monday that two general managers involved in the Rendon sweepstakes think it will be a slow process.
According to Jayson Stark, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo wants a decision from Rendon on return "by the winter meetings or shortly thereafter." The meetings began Sunday night, so 'shortly thereafter' is rapidly approaching.
The Nationals have reportedly been interested in Josh Donaldson if Rendon decides to sign elsewhere.
Last week, Nationals owner Mark Lerner talked about how the Nationals cannot afford to bring back both Rendon and Stephen Strasburg. Theoretically, the Nationals could save money on a Rendon contract if it's seven years, but whether that makes a difference in their decision to bring both back has yet to be seen.
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