While Nationals fans are understandably disappointed Anthony Rendon is no longer a member of the Nationals, they can rest easy knowing he didn't see himself signing the the NL rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
New #Angels 3B Anthony Rendon on #Dodgers: "It's not that we didn't want to play for them, they're a great organization that's built to win. But what we heard about how the organization is, the Hollywood lifestyle, it didn't seem like it would be a fit for me and my family."— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) December 14, 2019
The Dodgers never made an offer to Rendon, per The Athletic, after "sensing that he didn't want to play in Los Angeles." He instead signed with the Los Angeles Angels, inking a seven-year, $245 million deal to play for the California team that receives considerably less media attention than its in-state rival.
Now entrenched in the AL on the other side of the country, Rendon won't face the Nationals very often nor will his team's play have any effect on Washington's playoff chances from year to year. It was a best-case scenario for fans after it became likely he wouldn't be returning to Washington.
After being spurned by Rendon and losing out on top free-agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, the Dodgers are still looking to make their first big move of the offseason.
There's still plenty of time for them to make a move, but Los Angeles can expect little sympathy from Nationals fans that Rendon won't be suiting up in Dodger blue for the next seven years.
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Don't worry Nationals fans, Anthony Rendon was never going to be a Dodger originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington