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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Anthony Rendon gets 7-year, $245 million deal from Angels

Anthony Rendon has a new team, and it’s the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels have reached a deal with Rendon on a 7-year contract worth $245 million, Jon Heyman first reported.

The contract is the same length and total money that Stephen Strasburg received from Washington, though the terms may be different (Strasburg’s contract contained significant amounts of deferred money).

Rendon, 29, was the No. 6 overall pick by the Nats in 2011 and made his MLB debut two years later. He has led the league in doubles two years in a row and drove in 126 runs last season, which also led the NL.

Rendon is a career .290 hitter with an .859 OPS. His postseason numbers are similar, as he’s a .282 hitter with an .848 OPS, which are good signs in case the Angels ever make the playoffs again.

The Angels traded away Zack Cozart this week, opening up a spot at third base that Rendon will now fill. He’ll team with Andrelton Simmons to give the Angels a stellar defensive left side of the infield.

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