The deal includes a full no-trade clause and doesn’t contain an opt-out clause, sources said. He is tentatively scheduled to undergo his physical Friday and be introduced at Angel Stadium on Saturday.
Having fallen short in their bid to sign ace right-hander Gerrit Cole, the Angels wasted little time in turning their sights toward Rendon.
The 29-year-old joins a lineup featuring Mike Trout, the three-time American League MVP who has reached the postseason just once. Owner Arte Moreno has made it a priority to surround Trout with more talent this offseason, and Rendon is a big piece of the puzzle.
“We’re within some structure of a budget and a payroll forecast that you relatively want to be near, and then we just take those opportunities to Arte and see if he’ll grant us the permission to do those things,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler had said earlier Wednesday, before the Rendon agreement. “There’s good players out there and players that warrant some sizable contracts. I know the players that he likes.”