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Nationals Reportedly Closing in on Re-Signing 2019 Playoff Hero Howie Kendrick

Mike Rizzo, Dave Martinez, Howie Kendrick
Washington Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick hoists the Commissioner's Trophy | Elsa/Getty Images

The defending World Series Champions are reportedly close to bringing back the unsung hero of their title run.

The Washington Nationals are in the proess of re-signing Howie Kendrick, who won over hearts in D.C. thanks to his brilliant play in the postseason.

Kendrick and the Nationals both won their first World Series last season, with the former being integral to the latter's success, especially in October.

The former longtime Angel burned another one of his former teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers, with an extra-inning grand slam in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. He then won the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award in a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. He then hit the eventual World Series-winning home run, a two-run blast in Game 7 in Houston.

Even with rumors abounding that World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and/or NL MVP finalist Anthony Rendon will leave the Nationals in free agency, it is good for Nats fans to know they will retain a solid presence and clubhouse leader in Kendrick.