The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't won a World Series since 1988 despite fielding some of baseball's strongest teams recently. Now their free-agent interest is turning to some players with recent championship pedigree to help get them over the hump.
Strasburg and Rendon won a World Series in 2019 with the Washington Nationals, who also eliminated the Dodgers in the division series.
The pair are two of the top free agents available, with both expecting to be seeking lucrative long-term deals.
Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Nationals in November after one of his best career seasons, posting an 18-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in 209 innings with 251 strikeouts. He was also stellar in the playoffs, going 5-0 and earning World Series MVP honors.
The Dodgers will face some heavy competition for Strasburg, as the 31-year-old right-hander is expected to sit down with the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
Rendon also produced a career year in 2019. In 146 games, the NL MVP finalist slashed .319/.412/.598 with 34 home runs, 44 doubles, and 126 RBIs. He was an NL finalist for a Gold Glove too.
The Nationals reportedly offered the third baseman a seven-year deal worth $210 to $215 million before the end of the season. A bidding war for his services could push the two-time Silver Slugger winner's asking price toward the eight-year, $260-million extension fellow third baseman Nolan Arenado signed with the Colorado Rockies in February.
Rendon has already reportedly met with the Texas Rangers.