clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ needs after Stephen Strasburg signing; Strasburg wants Anthony Rendon back + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for the West Coast to wake up for Day 3 of the Winter Meetings...

MLB: Winter Meetings Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Strasburg is lobbying Anthony Rendon and the Nationals’ ownership in an attempt to get the 29-year-old, 2011 1st Round pick back in Washington, D.C. for another run. Agent Scott Boras says that there are seven-year deals on the table for Rendon, one of which is an offer from the Nationals, presumably, who reportedly put a 7-year/$210-$215M offer out all the way back in September. Is that still on the table after Strasburg signed for 7/$245? Will the Nationals “pivot” to another option like Josh Donaldson if they don’t think Rendon is in for the long-haul in the nation’s capital? Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Stras and Tony Talk + More:

The Nationals’ approach to Anthony Rendon remains a guessing game - (WaPost)
"Scott Boras, Rendon’s agent, had described discussions as accelerating, including multiple teams, revolving around seven-year deals for the third baseman."

Strasburg making direct pitch to Rendon, Nats to sign new deal - (MASN)
"If Rendon somehow winds up rejoining the Nationals, though, Strasburg may play a key role in making it happen."

If Stephen Strasburg staying means Anthony Rendon leaving, the Nationals will be fine - (WaPost)
"At least now Strasburg should pick up the tab for his own statue in front of Nationals Park someday — presumably 60 feet 6 inches from Walter Johnson’s big bronze."

With or without Rendon, Nats have infield spots to fill - (MASN)
"There have been rumblings out of Chicago that the Cubs could be shopping Kris Bryant (another former MVP), but a source familiar with the Nationals’ discussions said that’s not currently on their radar."

Rizzo wants to improve bullpen now, not next summer - (MASN)
"Somehow, it worked. The Nationals' bullpen didn’t give up a lead in the seventh inning or later the entire postseason. But it’s not necessarily an approach the organization wants to try to duplicate in 2020."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Against All Odds, Stephen Strasburg Is A Good Bet To Pitch His Entire Career For the Nationals - (Forbes)
"When you get down to it, Stephen Strasburg has pitched for two of the 31 major league baseball clubs for his entire professional career: the World Champion Washington Nationals, and Team Scott Boras."

Why Stephen Strasburg’s contract is worth the big price tag to the Nats - (SBNation.com)
"Washington’s starting rotation is its greatest strength, and a Strasburg-sized hole would have been difficult to fill."

Boras: Contenders for Anthony Rendon offering seven years - (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"Rendon, though, is currently commanding most of the Rangers’ attention, and Boras said on Tuesday that the action is picking up."

Major League Baseball managers don't like new pitching rule for 2020 - (CNBC)
"Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, who just led his team to a World Series title in October, said the rule change is 'going to be hard' for teams."

Toolshed: 2019 Rule 5 Draft preview - (MiLB.com)
"Sterling Sharp, right-handed pitcher, Nationals: Washington left its No. 13 prospect unprotected -- a bit of a headscratcher considering its 40-man space."