We’re now a few months removed from the Anthony Rendon heartbreak. The Dodgers also have added a superstar into the mix since then, which almost makes us forget about the pain of losing him to Orange County.
But looking back, it truly was a difficult thing for Dodgers fans to handle. The odds felt like they were in our favor, every expert told us so seemingly on a daily basis. The Dodgers just had a very disappointing playoff run a few months before and Rendon seemed like the perfect fit.
Then, in early November, ESPN’s Jeff Passan dropped this bomb on Dodgers fans.
I’m going to go a little bit off the board here. I think Anthony Rendon’s gonna sign a 5 year deal for $200 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers. I think he’s gonna break an AAV record, and I think he’s looking for a shorter-term deal even though he might be able to get more long term, if he gets those 8 or 9 years.
We all know how that went, of course. Rendon went on to sign a seven-year, $245 million contract to play for the Angels in Anaheim. To add insult to injury, Rendon was quoted as saying that he didn’t choose the Dodgers because he did not want to live the ‘Hollywood Lifestyle’, whatever that means.
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
Now, more than five months removed from Rendon’s decision to go to Anaheim, we’re able to look back and reflect on the decision. If you gave me the choice between Anthony Rendon and Mookie Betts, I would take Mookie ten times out of ten. Add to that the fact that we also got David Price in the deal that cost us a few prospects, then you have yourself a perfect situation.
In my mind, the deal made for Mookie Betts and David Price is far better than the long-term commitment to Anthony Rendon, especially when you consider how many young guys we have that need to get paid. So yes, I was upset that Rendon did not choose the Dodgers. But I sure am thankful that he couldn’t handle the Hollywood lifestyle.