August 5, 2021

Nationals can’t afford Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon (New York Post)

The Washington Nationals have a dilemma on their hands.

Star pitcher Stephen Strasburg and stud third baseman Anthony Rendon are free agents and there owner said Thursday there is no realistic way the 2019 World Series champs can keep both in the fold.

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

Both are expected to snares massive deals on the open market — The Post’s Ken Davidoff predicted six years and $182 million for Strasburg and seven years at $132 million for Rendon — and Lerner was blunt in his assessment of the situation.

“We’re pursuing them, we’re pursuing other free agents in case they decided to go elsewhere,” Lerner said. “Again, it’s not up to us. We can give them a great offer — which we’ve done to both of those players. They’re great people. We’d be delighted if they stay. But it’s not up to us, it’s up to them. That’s why they call it free agency.”

The fiasco is reminiscent of last winter’s Bryce Harper chase, with the Nationals, the franchise that drafted the slugger No. 1…

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