Anthony Rendon / Dan Straily / Jacob deGrom / Miami Marlins / New York Mets / Washington Nationals

NL East Rumors: Rendon, deGrom, Straily

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: MLB Trade Rumors

It's well known that the Nationals hope to work out a long-term deal with third baseman Anthony Rendon before he reaches free agency next winter, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote over the weekend that Rendon and agent Scott Boras have been eyeing something in the vicinity of Jose Altuve 's extension from a year ago. Altuve was already under contract for two years and $12.5MM at the time he signed for an additional five years and $151MM, which brought his current contract to a total of $163.5MM over seven years. The Nats are already just a few million dollars shy of the luxury tax threshold , and bumping Rendon's annual value from the reported $18.8MM figure to which he agreed on Friday would likely take them over the limit. The Nats have been willing to exceed that threshold for Bryce Harper , however, and perhaps the allure of keeping Rendon from reaching the open market would be incentive enough to do the same. As Rosenthal explores, the two situations are also somewhat...

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