Anthony Rendon picked a hell of a time to have the best season of his career and one of the most heroic postseasons for a hitter in recent memory.

His efforts not only helped lead the Washington Nationals to their first World Series championship but also happened on the eve of his first venture into free agency. The 29-year-old third baseman became the top hitter available when the market opened last Thursday.

Judging from the reaction to shortstop Trea Turner's question during the Nationals' championship parade Saturday, Rendon's teammates would very much like him back:

To its credit, the Nationals front office made a real effort to avoid this situation. According to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post, the Nats made Rendon a seven-year contract extension offer in the $210-215 million range in early September. 

His decision to bet on himself, however, only looks wiser in retrospect.