The Winter Meetings have begun with a bang as star right-hander Stephen Strasburg has re-signed with the Washington Nationals for a record-breaking seven-year, $245 million deal. The Nationals, who are already saddled with the large contracts of Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin, are now firmly up against the luxury tax.
Long story short, the Nationals are basically out of the running for securing the services of their own free agent, third baseman Anthony Rendon. Nats owner Mark Lerner confirmed as much last week.
The Nationals, factoring in the $35 million that will be handed to Strasburg, are now just shy of the luxury tax threshold. The Dodgers, on the other hand, have room to sign Anthony Rendon to a contract of his liking, which is said to be somewhere in the neighborhood of a seven-year, $250 million deal.
The market has yet to fully move with Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon still up for grabs.
However, the Dodgers might be in the hunt for Rendon at his price point, a player that can provide the Dodgers with a much-needed right-handed power bat to stick in the middle of their order.
As Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group mentions, the Angels could very…