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Dodgers Listed on Anthony Rendon Suitor Power Rankings

Will the free-agent third baseman end up playing his home games in Los Angeles next season?

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals throws out George Springer (not pictured) of the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Anthony Rendon to the Los Angeles Dodgers rumors continue to make noise—and for good reason, since he is one of the best players in baseball.

In an article by Will Leitch on MLB.com titled The Rendon suitor power rankings, the Dodgers are listed as the second most likely team, out of 11 total, to sign the free-agent third baseman.

Here is what Leitch said of the possible move:

Justin Turner is obviously the third baseman right now, but he’s only under contract for one more year and has shown a willingness to move to first base if Rendon (or, say, Josh Donaldson) comes to town. That would push Max Muncy to second base and make Gavin Lux a utility guy, which actually makes a little bit of sense.

More to the point: You’d only need to do all the moving around for one year until Turner’s contract expires. And there’s no way the Dodgers — who, one reminds, took a step backward last year and might be more desperate for a World Series title than any team in baseball right now — aren’t better in 2020 with Rendon on their team. And certainly for a few more years after that. They’ve been hesitant to give out massive long-term contracts in the past. So, maybe Rendon’s presumably smaller window gives both sides an opportunity.

The Dodgers trail only the Nationals in the power rankings and are one spot ahead of the Rangers. Rounding out the ranked teams are the Angels, Phillies and Yankees. Teams with “other dimmer possibilities” include the Cardinals, Indians, Mets, Padres and White Sox.

The Dodgers and Rendon are a match made in Heaven as both would prefer to stay away from very-long-term contracts. Signing him would provide an immediate upgrade to the lineup on both sides of the ball.

Coming off an MVP caliber season, Rendon, 29, will likely be looking at deal around 4-7 years with an average annual value of $30-$40 million.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Getting Rendon would be awesome but I’d like to see Lux given the chance to play everyday, so I wonder if Muncy can play left or right field? Rendon, Seager, Lux and Turner in the infield, Muncy Pollock Bellinger and Verdugo as the outfielders. That’s a pretty potent lineup but we’d still need that 2nd ace starter, which is more important than a new 3rd baseman.

    • Get Rendon a must if rings needed ? trade Seager and some of young talent and or maybe Hernandez for Lindor then get pitching !
      Then win a World Series finally!
      that last time we won was so long ago it’s feels like we never won?

      • Anyone born in the last 30 years has never saw one so for a lot of people we’ve already reached that point sadly

  2. Why would the Dodgers want to sign the best player in baseball when they have Pollock and Joc, Taylor and Keke’ solidifying the roster? Rendon? he’ll want way too much money.

  3. DODGERS NEED RENDON,COLE, STRASBERG, TRADE BUSHIE RED, HILL, AND SOME MORE OF THE OFF SPEED PITCHERS, GET CLOSER.JANSON ON THE WAY OUT. TRADE POLICKER FOR WHAT EVER, & TRADE MUNCEY, LEAVES BASES LOADED TO MANY TIMES,J.T. TO SHORT RANGE TO SMALL, BELLI @ 1ST, OR MAT @ 1ST, BETTER THAN J.T. HAVE GREAT OUTFIELD.

  4. Folks, I have a vinyl record collection and most of my albums are in great to mint condition. I don’t have a broken record in it at all but this ‘talk’ about getting Rendon is just another broken record, that’s about all. It keeps repeating over and over when I am sure most probably figure that Rendon will sign with another team NOT named the Dodgers.

    • Paul, as usual, you hit the nail squarely on the top. Of course, we could be wrong. Maybe Rendon really wants to come to a team where he will be platooned, and has not improved itself to any great extent,, and has a manage who is not going to get the Mr. Clutch Situation Award. We could be wrong, Paul, but I do not think so. Have a great Thanksgiving, AZUL. I hope PD Jr. likes turkey stuffing. Go Blue!!!!

  5. The Dodgers will most likely not sign Rendon because Friedman will once again be Mr. Cheapskate. Probably sign a washed-up Josh Donaldson.

  6. Can’t agree with the article that Dodgers “took a step backward” just because they lost in the NLDS. They won 106 games and lost to the eventual WS champion (only because Roberts was an idiot to bring in Kershaw in that situation). We have lost to the WS winner each of the last four years, not bad. Certainly no need for all the hand wringing. Hey, you could have been rooting for the Giants, Padres of Angels in those four years.

  7. Ha ha ha! What team have you been watching the last 5 years. They will not sign Rendon, Cole, Strasburg or any high dollar free agent. So sick of this click bait. Every day more idiotic speculation. The Dodgers promote from within- period- done- end of story. AJ Pollock was a complete waste- so now they’re even less likely to spend

  8. Keep Segar get Rendon pick up Wheeler and some relief that’s a good mix if possible resign Rau.

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