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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