How Anthony Rendon can help give the LA Angels the best offense in baseball

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When Anthony Rendon signed a seven-year, $245 million contract after the 2019 season, LA Angels fans had a lot to be excited about.

Rendon was a proven veteran who was one of the best hitting third basemen in baseball, brought solid defense and managed to avoid major injuries for most of his career. He was a perfect fit for an Angels team that spent years without a true answer at the hot corner.

Despite recent injuries, Anthony Rendon still brings heaps of offensive potential to the LA Angels.

While he somewhat lived up to the hype in the shortened 2020 season, culminating in a top-10 AL MVP finish, things couldn’t have gone worse for Anthony Rendon and the LA Angels in 2021. After a series of smaller injuries culminated in a season-ending hip impingement that ultimately held him to only 58 games and an abysmal 0.7 fWAR, Rendon’s absence was brutal for the Halos.

And yet, as we approach the start of the 2022 season, there doesn’t seem to be much worry for Rendon. Having fully recovered and long since proclaimed his readiness for Opening Day, LA Angels fans should be optimistic for Rendon to not only return to form in 2022, but to help lead what has the potential to be one of the premier offenses in baseball.