The Los Angeles Angels have finally gotten a superstar to pair with baseball’s best player in Mike Trout, agreeing to a seven-year contract with third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Rendon, who has spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Washington Nationals, will reportedly earn $245 million dollars in his new deal with the Angels.
The Texas native was one of the hottest commodities on the free agent market this offseason after a fantastic 2019 season that solidified his place as one of the game’s best position players. Rendon batted .319/.412/.598 for the World Series champions, smacking 34 home runs and totaling 126 RBI.
Rendon finished 3rd place in NL Most Valuable Player voting.
The Angels have now signed a player who they hope will help to take their franchise to the next level. Despite having had baseball’s best player since 2012 in Trout, the team has only managed to qualify for the playoffs once in his tenure with the team.
Now, Trout has a sidekick in the lineup who should be reaching his peak at the age of 29. Rendon is not only a great offensive player, but his defensive and baserunning contributions were also factors that led the Angels to commit such a large amount of money to him.
Angels fans, the team’s front office, and its players will now cross their fingers and hope that Rendon is the missing piece that will take the team back to the playoffs and into World Series contention.