Even after light pregame warmups on the field earlier this month, the Anthony Rendon saga continues to take a concerning turn. Since July, he’s been sidelined due to a troublesome leg bone bruise, and the recent updates on his condition are far from reassuring. This setback marks the third consecutive full season in which the Angels’ marquee signing has struggled with injuries.
This recurring nightmare scenario raises questions about Arte Moreno’s ownership tenure and his decision to commit to a seven-year contract with Rendon. With an astronomical average annual value of nearly $40 million, Rendon’s contract is undeniably one of the most burdensome in baseball, alongside Mike Trout’s hefty deal. To Trout’s credit, he has persevered through injuries, but Rendon’s uncooperative relationship with the media has been a focal point this season.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon (bone bruise) has been undergoing treatment in Anaheim while the Angels have been in Seattle. There is still no timetable for him to return.
Trading Rendon appears increasingly unlikely, given his health, contract, and evident attitude problems. The Angels’ inability to finish the season reflects the broader issues plaguing the team, as injuries have decimated both their pitching and hitting ranks. As we navigate through 2023, it’s becoming increasingly plausible that we may bid farewell to Trout and Ohtani as home players in Anaheim.
As trade rumors continue to swirl around Trout and Ohtani approaching free agency, Rendon remains the last puzzle piece in what has been a tumultuous few seasons at the Big A.