The 27-year-old Anthony Rendon may be the most underrated player in baseball. He doesn't have insane power -- usually a prerequisite for third basemen in fantasy -- and his injury history continues to haunt him, but Rendon is a special hitter in one of baseball's best lineups. After a slow start, Rendon went off for six hits and 10 RBI on April 30 and never looked back, batting .306/.413/.560 the rest of the way. He finished fourth in the majors in BB/K with a 1.02 mark, behind Joey Votto, Justin Turner and Mike Trout, and 13th in wRC+. Rendon's counting numbers could have been even greater, but Dusty Baker insisted on batting Rendon primarily out of the six hole, with 248 of 508 at-bats coming from the No. 6 spot. New manager Dave Martinez would be wise to bat Rendon higher, but either way, Rendon should get his and earn $15-plus again in 2018.
Rendon agreed to a one-year, $12.3 million contract with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Rendon put together an excellent 2017 season and will be handsomely rewarded, as his salary more than doubles in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Last season was Rendon's third full campaign in four years, so he's distancing himself from the health concerns that dogged him earlier in his career, and his plate skills are still improving.
Rendon is out of Saturday's lineup against the Pirates, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Most of the other regulars are starting in this one, but Rendon will get a chance to rest after starting the last four games and notching five hits in 14 at-bats over that stretch. Wilmer Difo gets the start at third base and will hit third.
Rendon (foot) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. Rendon got a day off Monday in order to give his sore foot a rest, but he is ready to get back in the lineup just one day later. He will man the hot corner like he regularly does and hit third in the Nationals' batting order.
Rendon was held out of the lineup Monday with foot soreness, MASN Sports reports. Initially manager Dusty Baker said Rendon was dealing with "general soreness," but he then got more specific, saying Rendon's foot has been bothering him. The skipper went on to add that he is going to "tread lightly between giving [Rendon] time off and giving him ABs." Those in leagues that allow daily lineup changes should check in on Rendon's status throughout the week.
Rendon is out of the lineup Monday against the Phillies. The Nationals are just about locked into finishing with the second-best record in the National League, so look for manager Dusty Baker to rest his stars somewhat liberally in the final week of the regular season. Rendon will be joined on the bench Monday by Daniel Murphy, with Wilmer Difo and Adrian Sanchez, respectively, replacing them in the infield.