Report: Anthony Rendon discussing extension with Nationals

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Third baseman Anthony Rendon is still engaging in extension talks with the Nationals, per Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com. Zuckerman explains that it’s been an ongoing discussion since spring training, and recent activity involving agent Scott Boras could indicate that the two sides are inching closer to an agreement.

Rendon, 29, is in his seventh year with the club. He was elected to the National League All-Star team — a distinction never-before received in his major-league career — after batting .304/.388/.612 with 20 home runs, a 1.000 OPS, and 3.3 fWAR across his first 74 games of the 2019 season. In the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, he suffered left hamstring and quad injuries that will preclude him from participating in the event, leaving the Dodgers’ Max Muncy in his place.

While it’s not yet clear what kind of arrangement Rendon might strike with the Nationals, he’s provided significant value to the organization since his rookie season in 2013. Over the past seven seasons, he’s contributed to three postseason runs, placed among the top 15 NL MVP nominees three times, and amassed a lifetime batting line of .286/.363/.482 with 122 home runs, 480 RBI, and 29 fWAR.

Counter to Zuckerman’s report, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post said earlier this week that Rendon and Boras may not be close to bridging the divide, as they’re likely still intent on seeking something in the neighborhood of the eight-year, $260 million deal obtained by Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado last winter. It’s not yet certain whether the Nationals agree with that valuation remains, but Dougherty points out that it would be unusual to see the infielder agree to a formal extension without having first tested the market in free agency — a threshold he’s scheduled to reach this fall.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.