The Los Angeles Angels have made a big splash by signing third baseman Anthony Rendon. The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network, and it is a seven-year deal worth $245 million.
The Angels came into this offseason looking to spend money. They were rumored to be one of the favorites for Gerrit Cole, however, that didn’t pan out after Cole signed with the Yankees. This is certainly not a bad second option.
Rendon deal done with angels . 245M . 7 yrs.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 12, 2019
Anthony Rendon Headed to the Angels
Rendon really came onto the national scene this past postseason in the Nationals run to the World Series. However, he has been a very productive hitter since the day he stepped foot on a major league field. He has a slash line for his career of .290/.369/.490.
On top of that really productive slash line, Rendon has slowly improved his ability as a power hitter each year in the league, topping out in Washington with 34 home runs this past season, while also leading the National League in RBI with 126.
Somehow, Rendon has only been an All-Star one time. That time was this season. However, he has won two Silver Slugger awards and has finished in the top-six in MVP voting three times, with an 11th place finish as well.
On top of his offensive ability, Rendon is also an above-average defender. With him being an above-average defender playing third base, it adds even more value to what Rendon brings.
What This Means For the Angels
Before last season started the Angels locked up Mike Trout for basically the rest of his career. They have been fortunate to keep Trout for so much time, but the front office has clearly realized they need to add more around the generational player.
It wasn’t a secret that the Angels wanted to spend money this offseason. There are still plenty of holes on this roster and they still have the Albert Pujols contract on their books, so they probably don’t quite have the money to spend yet that they’d like. However, this is a massive move.
A case could be made that this is better going forward for the Angels than signing Gerrit Cole would’ve been.
The team does still need pitching, but when there are a lot of other needs on the roster, including more starting pitching, giving one pitcher that much money is less than ideal. By making this move, they do save a good chunk of money, at least in the total value of the contract. This also puts one of the top hitters in the league and an MVP candidate in the same lineup with the best player in baseball. What Angels fan is going to say no to that?
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