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Scott Boras: It's the Nationals' move in Anthony Rendon contract talks

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Scott Boras: It's the Nationals' move in Anthony Rendon contract talks

CLEVELAND -- Scott Boras made his way into the American League All-Stars’ press conference Monday, wading through a sea of reporters and in between podiums dotted with clients.

One of his main ones, and perhaps the biggest in the upcoming offseason, Anthony Rendon, was not with the National League group, which rolled in 30 minutes later. Rendon remains in Washington to fix his tight left hamstring and quad, which has been nagging him for more than a month.

But, he was finally named to an All-Star team for the first time, giving Boras and Rendon further leverage when they discuss his contractual future. Boras, Rendon and the team have been working on an extension for years. Of late, those conversations have slowed.

When asked Monday if Rendon remains open to discussing a contract extension as the season moved along, Boras told NBC Sports Washington, “I think he’s focused on the season.”

Boras, as he does, mostly touted his client’s ability and how it is relevant in the marketplace. Rendon is finally graduating from being labeled "underrated" to being appreciated among the game’s elite. Without Bryce Harper in Washington, he has become the central point of the offense, in addition to being an elite defender at third base.

“I think our data today shows that he’s on the way to a six-WAR season again,” Boras said Monday ahead of the Home Run Derby. “That would be three in a row, and there’s only one other player in baseball who's done that, and that would be Mike Trout. The status of Anthony is starting to reveal itself; the importance he has to a team.

"As to what the Washington ownership does with that in the long run, they’ve made some good business decisions in the past, and just kind of hope for them and everyone else... they’re great people to work with. I don’t know what their diagnostics are, but we’ll see as we approach the offseason.”

Boras was in Washington over the weekend. He cautioned not to read into that since he has multiple clients on the roster and was on a four-city tour before coming to Cleveland for the All-Star festivities. This, of course, could be a plain truth or posturing.

“I go to a lot of ballparks. It doesn’t mean we’re investing into anything that’s relevant to contract terms,” Boras said.

However, the overall tone of his comments Monday when asked about Rendon’s contract shifted more toward the future. Rendon, 29, told NBC Sports Washington at spring training that talks had come to a “halt,” then later followed with a summation of his stance on the situation, which he has since repeated: “If [an extension] happens, it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t.”

When asked further Monday about the overall situation, Boras intimated the onus was on Washington’s ownership to fuel the next step.

“Ted and the Lerner family, and the organization, we’ve always worked out things -- usually,” Boras said.

“There are times that they make decisions and we make decisions, and I think they’ve been very good decisions for all parties involved. When they sit down and look at where their franchise is going, that’s a direction they have to give us. Obviously, they have to make those decisions. Rendon is a superstar and that is a major decision in their franchise. I don’t ask. I just go and prepare for our meetings and we talk and kind of listen to what they tell us they want to do. It’s really in their corner as to how we go from there.”

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Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, eviscerated the Houston Astros on Twitter Saturday afternoon in the wake of MLB's findings that the Astros systematically stole signs throughout the 2017 season, pointing out in her tweets what the scandal did to the Astros' opponents throughout the league that season.

Dolan pointed out that a large number of pitchers were scrutinized for poor performances against the Astros during the 2017 season, asking what those numbers would have done to their future earnings - not to mention mental state.

In 2017, the Astros led Major League Baseball in hits (1581), runs (896), doubles (346), RBI (854) as well as team batting average (.282) during the 162-game season en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Doolittle reacted to the news of MLB's findings on Thursday on Twitter, thanking those who came forward to bring the sign-stealing allegations to light. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch last week and Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora lost their jobs with the Mets and Red Sox over the scandal.

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Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

The Washington Nationals aren't tired of showing off their World Series success, and for good reason. 

It's been a few months since the Nats won their first-ever title, but flaunting the Commissioner's Trophy simply never gets old. 

General Manager Mike Rizzo showed off the silverware in College Park on Saturday during an intermission in the Maryland-Purdue college basketball game. 

The crowd erupted in cheers and the band played "Baby Shark" to ring in the special occassion. It's always nice to see Terrapin fan favorite and SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt in attendance there too. 

In a bad week for baseball in the wake of widespread cheating allegations, it's a good sight to see the good parts of the game being celebrated. 

Keep showing that thing off, Nationals!

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