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Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon watches his two-run home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Manny Banuelos during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ** FILE **

With Rendon gone, Nationals’ offseason checklist becomes clearer

- The Washington Times

Anthony Rendon left town to sign with the Los Angeles Angels for a reported $245 million over seven years. Days earlier, Stephen Strasburg agreed to a seven-year deal, also for $245 million, to return to the Nationals. With that settled, what’s left for the Nationals to do this winter?

Sports agent Scott Boras speaks during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cole, Boras ready to play ‘Can you top this?’

- Associated Press

A day after completing a $245 million, seven-year contract for Stephen Strasburg with Washington that set a record for pitchers, Boras said Cole will command even more.

In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series, in Houston. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells the AP that postseason star Howie Kendrick and the World Series champion Washington Nationals agreed in principle to a one-year contract worth $6.25 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is still pending a successful physical. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) **FILE**

Gomes, Kendrick officially back to World Series champ Nationals

Associated Press

Doing their best to keep as much of their World Series roster intact as possible, the Washington Nationals announced they re-signed catcher Yan Gomes and infielder Howie Kendrick on Tuesday, a day after bringing back Stephen Strasburg for $245 million.

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Padres send Reed to A's to complete Profar-Allen trade

Associated Press

Oakland acquired minor league outfielder Buddy Reed from San Diego on Thursday to complete the Dec. 2 trade that sent second baseman Jurickson Profar to the Padres for catcher Austin Allen.

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees' Brett Gardner celebrates his solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, because  the agreement had not be announced. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

AP source: Brett Gardner, Yankees reach $12.5M, 1-year deal

- Associated Press

Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Rendon follows Strasburg, Cole to free agent riches

- Associated Press

Anthony Rendon is joining the Los Angeles Angels, quickly following mega-deals for Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg in a trifecta of nine-figure contracts for agent Scott Boras at a wild winter meetings.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, center, watches along with Flea, left, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Ohtani's interpreter Ippei Mizuhara during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 125-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Angels to formulate plan for Ohtani’s throwing program soon

- Associated Press

Once Shohei Ohtani completes the final phase of his recovery from Tommy John surgery later this month, the Los Angeles Angels will confer with surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache and the team's medical staff to determine how to proceed with the Japanese two-way star's throwing program.

 In this Oct. 14, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole talks to the media at Yankee Stadium in New York, on an off day during the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees landed the biggest prize of the free agent market, adding Gerrit Cole to their rotation with a record $324 million, nine-year contract on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)  **FILE**

Yankees harpoon Cole, Cashman's `white whale,' on 3rd try

- Associated Press

Meeting with Gerrit Cole and the pitcher's wife for the first time last week at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Brian Cashman tossed out a literary reference that prompted laughter.