July 29, 2021

Angels’ quest to win now begins with Anthony Rendon (ESPN)

SAN DIEGO — It was nearly a decade ago that the Los Angeles Angels missed out on the third baseman they so desperately coveted. Their owner, Arte Moreno, made a strong push for Adrian Beltre following the 2010 season, only to see him choose the division-rival Texas Rangers. It proved to be a devastating blow. The Rangers made the playoffs in four of the next six seasons, advancing all the way to the World Series. The Angels didn’t win a single postseason game, and Beltre terrorized them at every opportunity.

On Wednesday, in the thick of an offseason that they hope will kick-start a dominant run of contention, the Angels made their amends by agreeing with superstar third baseman Anthony Rendon, the best available position player by a wide margin, on a seven-year, $245 million contract, as reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The signing came one day after they finished a distant third for star pitcher Gerrit Cole. For Rendon, the Angels beat the Rangers, who were motivated to add a superstar free agent to help christen their new ballpark, and the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, who were forced to come to the realization that Rendon was not necessarily interested in playing for…

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