Washington Nationals want an answer from Anthony Rendon soon

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: The Washington Nationals, including Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) holding trophy, celebrate beating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: The Washington Nationals, including Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) holding trophy, celebrate beating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images) /
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The Washington Nationals have several key free agents they are waiting on, one of whom is Anthony Rendon.

The 2019 World Series Champs are hoping to hear from Anthony Rendon and his agent, Scott Boras sooner rather than later.  Rendon has been excellent to this point in his career with the Washington Nationals and figures to come with a hefty price tag.

With Boras as his agent, who knows what the time frame will be as his other high-profile Nationals client, Bryce Harper, signed close to Spring Training this past offseason.

The Nationals would like to have an answer before Winter Meetings or shortly thereafter on the offer they gave Rendon.  It seems as if he would like to stay, but he has been meeting with several teams.  If they are unable to convince Rendon to stay, who do they turn to for a replacement?

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The answer lies with a division rival down the road in the Atlanta Braves with Josh Donaldson.  After being limited in 2018 because of injuries, Donaldson signed with the Braves and proved his value once more.

Donaldson slashed .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs and 94 RBI’s.  He also walked 100 times and finished 11th in the MVP race.  Donaldson would be a great candidate if the Nats do lose Rendon.  He may not hit for average as well as Rendon, but the power and the RBI’s are there.

It remains to be seen what he does, but I personally think he stays.  I would be shocked to see him move on from the Nationals unless they completely low-balled him with their offer.  I believe they have a lot more respect for Rendon than to do that to him.

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Not only do the Washington Nationals have to wait on Rendon, they are also waiting to see what happens with their other high-profile free agent, Stephen Strasburg.  If both players leave, the defending champs will have a definite different feel come opening day.