July 25, 2021

Despite what Mark Lerner says, the Washington Nationals can “afford” both Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon… (Federal Baseball)


Much like last offseason, things are far from dull for the Washington Nationals right now.

Last winter, the team’s offseason hinged on how they handled the free agency of Bryce Harper. In the end, the Nats put very limited effort into retaining the outfielder, changing the course of franchise history forever as they won the World Series without him.

This time around, the Nats’ offseason will hinge on what they decide to do with two of their other former first-round picks who are now free agents in Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg.

Nationals fans are certainly hoping that both homegrown stars will return to D.C. this winter.

However, if managing principal owner, Mark Lerner, is to be believed, fans might be best off not getting their hopes up.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, Lerner spoke about the situation with the two long-time Nats, dropping the potential bombshell that they believe it’s not financially possible to bring back both of them.

“We really can only afford to have one of those two guys,” Lerner told Donald Dell of NBCSW. “They’re huge numbers. We already have a really large payroll to begin with.”

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