Nationals avoid arbitration with Rendon, Roark, Taylor


After meeting the Friday 1 p.m. EST deadline to exchange salary figures, the Washington Nationals reached one-year deals with all three of their arbitration-eligible players: third baseman Anthony Rendon, right-hander Tanner Roark and center fielder Michael Taylor.

Rendon's deal is worth $12.3 million, while Roark and Taylor will make $6,475,000 and $2,525,000, respectively, according to multiple reports.

Rendon, 27, made $5.8 million last season and had a career year, finishing sixth in National League MVP voting after hitting .301 with 25 homers, 100 RBIs, a .403 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging percentage, all personal bests. With the slugger two seasons away from free agency, Rendon, agent Scott Boras and Washington general manager Mike Rizzo have each expressed willingness to discuss an extension.

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Roark, 31, made $4.3 million in 2017 and finished 13-11 with a career-worst 4.67 ERA in 30 starts. He was scheduled to start Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, but the Nationals made a late change to Stephen Strasburg, who had been under the weather.

Taylor, 26, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He posted career bests in batting average (.271) and homers (19) across 118 games last season.

--Field Level Media

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