Dodgers: Anthony Rendon Seemingly Being Prioritzied Over Gerrit Cole
The Dodgers have long been interested in Anthony Rendon and manager Dave Roberts has been quoted on numerous occasions about how much he loves the star third baseman as both a player and a person. With the way the market is shaking out, the Dodgers might be ‘priced out’ of the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, but could soon find themselves as front-runners for the services of Rendon.
Anthony Rendon was linked to Los Angeles during the regular season which demonstrates the Dodgers high level of interest in signing him this winter.
Dodgers May Pivot from Cole to Rendon
In a recent column by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, he stated that the Dodgers are in the hunt for Gerrit Cole, but could easily pivot to Rendon soon:
“Los Angeles in clearly open to the idea of spending $250 million on a free agent such as Cole or Rendon, so if Cole winds up with the Yankees, the door would immediately open for Rendon to sign with the Dodgers.”
Dodgers Very Interested in Rendon
Another column from Joel Sherman said just as much:
“The Dodgers could still raise up here and have the dollars to do so [sign Gerrit Cole]. But they have seemed more interested in another Boras client, Anthony Rendon.”
Nationals Still May Pursue Rendon
In another interesting development, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo stated that his club would still have interest in bringing back Anthony Rendon in a similar contract structure to the one Stephen Strasburg was signed to with deferred money involved:
Mike Rizzo would not discount the possibility of the Nationals bringing back Anthony Rendon. Cited the structure of the Strasburg contract, presumably referring to the deferred money.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 9, 2019
However, recently, Nationals owner Mark Lerner stated that his team would be unable to afford to retain both Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon.
Jon Heyman is also reporting similarly:
Nats GM Mike Rizzo excitedly said they feel they got their “big fish” back in Strasburg. They don’t rule out Rendon but it feels like others — led by Rangers, Dodgers — are more in on Rendon
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2019
The Dodgers have the room under the luxury tax threshold to be able to make a big splash this winter. Will they do it? The Winter Meetings this week might tell all.
How would you feel if the Dodgers’ big offseason splash was Anthony Rendon?