1 contract that holds the team at the moment

The Los Angeles Angels have been making a lot of noise over the past decade, including Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton on massive deals that backfired horribly.

In the 2019 offseason, the Angels signed Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million contract. After the third year, it’s safe to say he’s approaching Pujols and Hamilton territory.

Rendon has underperformed and can’t seem to stay on the pitch. It’s been a disaster so far.

When last seen in top form in a 162-game season, Rendon was one of the best players in baseball. He finished third in the 2019 NL MVP balloting for the Nationals and was the MVP on their World Series-winning team.

Rendon’s healthiest season in Anaheim came in the shortened 2020 campaign. He played in 52 of a possible 60 games and he looked good.

Injuries started in 2021 when he played only 58 games out of a possible 162. That number has dropped to 47 this season. To make matters worse, Rendon had a 94 OPS+ in 2021 and a 101 OPS+ last season.

Rendon is expected to earn $38 million a year for each of the next four seasons. That’s superstar money for a player who hasn’t played much and doesn’t hit when he plays.

This offseason has elite free agents like Aaron Judge, Trea Turner and Jacob deGrom, to name a few that the Angels are unlikely to be on because of the money Rendon is making.

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are money-making superstars. Rendon makes money as a superstar but hasn’t been a superstar. After missing the majority of each of the last two seasons at the age of 32, it’s unreasonable to expect him to regain his form in Washington even if he remains healthy.

If they hadn’t signed Rendon or had a way out of Rendon’s contract, maybe the Angels could have found a way to field a winning roster.

For now, we really have to hope that Rendon is close to the player he once was.

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