Compared to Philadelphia Phillies fans, Washington Nationals fans must be feeling pretty good about their team's chances.
Sure, they let Bryce Harper walk for a gargantuan sum of money to another NL East rival, but most fans welcomed that change and the Nationals are in good shape to clinch a Wild Card spot while the Phillies are on the brink of elimination.
However, with Anthony Rendon's free agency looming Nats fans might be feeling uneasy about losing a franchise player for the second-straight offseason. In fact, the Nationals could see another one of their homegrown superstars head up I-95 to Philadelphia.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, who joined the Nationals Talk podcast, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Rendon ends up in a Phillies uniform.
"The Phillies are a big market team with an aggressive ownership group and championship aspirations, and a desire to improve and improve quickly, and a history of spending money," Salisbury explained. "You have to think they're gonna make the call to Scott Boras and see what it's gonna take to get Anthony Rendon. I'm almost certain they will and I think they should."
Rendon has already accidentally appeared in Phillies' regalia, and letting Bryce Harper go sent a terrible message to the fan base that management would be unwilling to spend huge sums of money in the offseason.
"I don't know that they can do another $300 million contract, but they're gonna have to mix it up in the free-agent market," Salisbury said. "You have to think they're gonna make the call to Scott Boras and see what it's gonna take to get Anthony Rendon. I'm almost certain they will and I think they should."
This also comes at a time when the Phillies have an opening at third base due to the 14 injuries they currently have on their roster according to Baseball-Reference.
Add the need to wait for a prospect to develop, and having Rendon on their wishlist makes sense.
"They're not teaming with game-breaking prospects," Salisbury said. "They have a 6'5" power-hitting third baseman named Alex Baum who probably plays next year at triple-a, probably gets a look here at some point."
Could we get a Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon reunion in Philadelphia? We'll have to wait until winter to find out.
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