Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo reasserted Wednesday that the team is focused on keeping Anthony Rendon, who is scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season.
"We're aggressively trying to sign Anthony Rendon," Rizzo said on 106.7 The Fan. "We'd love to have him here as a National long term."
Rendon, 28, is off to a blazing start, hitting .333/.428./.691 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 34 games this season. In January, he was reportedly looking for a new contract in line with the seven-year, $163.5-million deal Jose Altuve signed with the Houston Astros before the 2018 campaign.
Rizzo also took the time to remind fans exactly what the organization is focused on despite a disappointing start.
"We're here to win the National League East," Rizzo said. "We think it's a winnable division with the team that we have."
Washington (19-29) sits nine games out of first place in the NL East entering Wednesday's action. The team already fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist at the beginning of May.