Angels Get More Bad News On Their $245M Man

As if the Los Angeles Angels don't have enough to stress over with the impending free agency of Shohei Ohtani, and the trade deadline just over a week away. Now they've learned that Anthony Rendon, who was placed on the injured list earlier this month with a shin problem, has been shut down again, and will be out several more weeks due to a deep bone bruise.

Rendon signed a 7-year, $245M contract with the Angels in 2020, and since then, has played in 200 out of 483 possible games—41%. And his numbers in those games has been nowhere close to what the Angels paid for: a .249 average, a .758 OPS and just 22 home runs. 

The most fight Rendon has shown since signing that contract has been with opposing players, and even with fans. But on the field, at the plate? Not so much. 

In fact, Rendon's contract (and lack of performance) has been such an albatross, that it's even been suggested that if they do decide to trade Shohei Ohtani, they should try to convince any trade partner to take on Rendon as well, and the remaining $115M on his bloated deal. 

Yes, the $245M man has more IL stints this season (3) than home runs (2). And he has 10 IL stints in the last three seasons. 

Overall in 2023, he's at .236 with a .678 OPS, 2 HR and 22 RBIs. And now another several weeks out of the lineup. 

Photo: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports