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Report: Nationals offer Anthony Rendon seven-year, $210-215 million contract

Report: Nationals offer Anthony Rendon seven-year, $210-215 million contract

The Washington Nationals have reportedly offered third baseman Anthony Rendon a new contract for seven years between $210-215 million, according to the Washington Post

The report suggests the deal was offered back earlier in September to the MVP candidate in the midst of the Nationals' postseason run.

At this time last year, the Nationals offered a similar average annual amount of $30 million per year to Bryce Harper (10 years, $300 million). Notably, Rendon's deal is three years shorter than what was offered to Harper last September. Harper later signed with the Phillies for 13 years and $330 million. 

Harper and Rendon also share the same agent, Scot Boras. 

There is also less deferred money in this proposal. According to the Post, it will all be paid out to Rendon within seven years of contract's end. Harper's was upwards of 50 years. 

However, that is significantly lower than what the Rockies gave their 3B Nolan Arenado last offseason. Colorado gave the 28-year-old an eight-year, $260 million contract. Rendon and Arenado have both had eerily similar careers and have been contrasted throughout their six years in the majors.

Rendon is in the last year of his current deal with the Nationals. He has spent his entire career in Washington since he joined the big leagues in 2013. 

It must also be noted that the original September offer by the Nats to Harper was not the last play for the team. $300 million was the starting offer and later in negotiations, another deal the Nationals presented was "much more." There will likely be future contracts put on the table as the Nationals try to lock up their left corner of the infield. 

This season Rendon is having a career year in potentially his final year with the Nats. The All-Star has a .319/.412/.598 slash line with 34 home runs and an MLB-best 126 RBI. 


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Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay sounds off on Max Scherzer's stance that players already took a pay cut

Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay sounds off on Max Scherzer's stance that players already took a pay cut

One days after Nationals ace Max Scherzer released a statement saying MLB players had no reason to engage the league in further compensation reductions, Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay sounded off on the stance.

Scherzer, a member of the players’ union’s eight-member executive subcommittee, said in his statement Wednesday that players had already negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries. “There’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received,” he said.

[RELATED: Scherzer continues to steer union on a united front]

Kay took to his ESPN radio show Thursday to say Scherzer is incorrect.

“The one thing that I want to amplify, I’m not on either side. The players are taking a chance by playing during a pandemic, the owners are taking a financial chance,” Kay said. “But when the players, and this is something that Max Scherzer said, when the players say they’ve taken a pay cut … Stop! You have not taken a pay cut. You have not worked. You have not played. You don’t deserve to get paid. That’s all there is to it. So that’s not a pay cut.”


The original pay cut Scherzer was referring to is the deal negotiated between the league and union in March, which prorated player salaries. But a recent proposal from MLB owners would further reduce salaries, placing them into tiers where the highest-paid players would have their salaries cut the most.

Under the new proposal, Scherzer would make around $4.333 million of his $28,777,759 million base salary. Stephen Strasburg would make just $5.313 million of his $35 million base salary.

Kay contends the original deal from March wasn’t a pay cut.

“You can make the argument, ‘Well, it’s guaranteed money.’ Well, the owners aren’t locking you out. The virus is locking you out,” he said. “We’re not playing baseball because of health concerns, because people are dying all around the country to the tune of over 100,000 people. Please don’t say you took a pay cut. You didn’t take a pay cut.”

Kay added that he is contracted to work 135 Yankees games this season for YES Network, but said he wouldn’t look at it as a pay cut if games were canceled and he wasn’t paid.

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Nationals' Sean Doolittle makes statement on death of George Floyd

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Nationals' Sean Doolittle makes statement on death of George Floyd

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle released a statement on Twitter on the death of George Floyd. 

Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked civil unrest in Minneapolis, MN and in several other areas across the country.

Doolittle's screengrab text read: 

Racism is America's Original Sin. It was here before we even forged a nation, and has been passed down from generation to generation. And we still struggle to acknowledge that it even exists, much less atone for it. The generational trauma of racism and violence is killing black men and women before our eyes. We are told it is done in the name of, "law and order", but there is nothing lawful nor orderly about these murders.

My heart is heavy knowing that George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others should still be alive. We must not look away from the racism and the violence. We must never condone racism or extrajudicial violence in the name of "law and order." We must take action and call it out for what it is. We must recognize our shared humanity and atone for our Original Sin or else we will continue to curse future generations with it. RIP George Floyd. 

Earlier this week Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal was among several athletes that tweeted about Floyd's death.