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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.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.