Rendon hit .276 in the World Series, homering in Games 6 and seven and main the Nationals in runs batted in, with eight. He batted .328 total in October, constructing off the finest season of his seven-year profession.
Rendon, 29, had a 1.010 on-base plus slugging share, 117 runs scored, 34 homers and 126 runs batted in. The final participant to achieve all of these numbers in a season was Albert Pujols in 2009. It units up a bonanza in free company for Rendon, who was supplied a seven-year extension price round $210 million in September.
“He was a key player this year, he’s been a key part of this ball club, this franchise, this community,” Rizzo stated after Game 7. “We love him, he’s near and dear to my heart, and we’d like to keep him.”
The Nationals have made many offers with Rendon’s agent, Scott Boras, who additionally represents Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and the former Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth. They didn’t re-sign Bryce Harper final winter, however invested $140 million in starter Patrick Corbin, who received Game 7 in aid of Scherzer.
“I wanted to win,” Corbin stated, “and I had an opportunity to go somewhere that wants to win, has the players to do it and the commitment.”
Commitment — in different phrases, a excessive payroll — is a part of the formulation in Washington beneath the possession of the Lerner household. But so is a robust player-development system that drafted Strasburg first over all from San Diego State in 2009 and Rendon sixth over all from Rice in 2011, after which signed Juan Soto for $1.5 million from the Dominican Republic in 2015.
Rendon was the first school place participant taken in his draft, and the Nationals didn’t anticipate him to fall to them at No. 6. But when he hit simply six homers as a Rice junior, after 26 as a sophomore, different groups backed off. Ankle and shoulder accidents had quickly turned him into a delegated hitter.
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