Anthony Rendon has played for the Washington Nationals for seven years and has tormented the Mets every year. He’s going to be a free agent this offseason and could be precisely what the Mets need if they want to go from playoff contenders to a team that can compete for a championship. Brodie Van Wagenen has said, this isn’t the Mets of a couple of years ago; they’re going to go out and acquire top-end talent. At this trade deadline, Van Wagenen traded for Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays, but this is different. The Wilpon family has owned the Mets for many years, but ever since the Bernie Madoff scandal, has refused to put large amounts of funds into the organization. Yes, they gave Jacob deGrom a shiny new deal and re-signed Yoenis Cespedes a few offseasons ago, but this could be the first time the Mets sign a big name that was not originally on the team since Carlos Beltran, thirteen years ago. If the Mets want to prove to everyone in baseball, including their fans, that they changed they must sign Anthony Rendon.
Anthony Rendon is one of the best third basemen in baseball, he’s been a top-12 MVP vote-getter three times in his career and is now in his prime. The Mets do not have a long term answer at third base considering Todd Frazier is thirty-three years old and has played for almost ten years. Rendon can fill that hole easily and give the Mets another bat in the lineup. They have a core that can compete for a playoff position with excellent starting pitching and young stars. Anthony Rendon could have a major role at the beginning of the lineup and could push the Mets over the edge into serious World Series contention.
The primary issue with Anthony Rendon is that he’s going to cost a lot of money. With any top free agent, they’re going to get a shiny new deal. Before the season, the Washington Post estimated that Rendon could be worth 176 million dollars on a 5-year contract. However, Rendon is currently having the best season of his career with already 25 home runs, 90 RBIs, and a .317 batting average. If Rendon were to get a 5-year deal, I’d estimate it to be worth around 200 million dollars. Would the Wilpons be willing to pay Rendon that? Probably not.
The Mets largest contracts right now are Yoenis Cespedes and Robinson Cano with each player making 29 million and 24 million per year. If Van Wagenen were to snag Rendon this offseason, he would become the highest-paid Met by a long shot. The Wilpons have agreed to take on larger contracts recently with Cespedes and Cano, but almost a 10 million dollar increase is a lot. Fans have been disgruntled with Mets ownership for many years now, citing the lack of funds going to team payroll. If Van Wagenen were to sign Rendon, Jeff Wilpon could prove that they’re willing to sign big deals to go after a championship.
Anthony Rendon is one of the best players in baseball, and he’s about to get paid like it. The Mets are just outside of the playoff picture and could use an elite player not only to fill their third base hole but to make another run at a World Series. If the Mets want to prove they’ve changed, they must sign Anthony Rendon.