Report: Rangers Have Expressed Interest In Josh Donaldson

Josh Clark
November 08, 2019 - 4:56 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Texas Rangers are looking to spend big this offseason and one of the positions they are looking to upgrade at is third base. 

Texas will undoubtedly pursue Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, but they have their sights set on the second-best option in case that doesn't work out.  

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Rangers have expressed an interest in Josh Donaldson. Yes, that same Donaldson Rangers fans aren't too fond of because of their hatred for the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Donaldson has since moved on from Toronto and had a bounce-back year in 2018, hitting .259 with 37 home runs and 94 RBI for the Atlanta Braves. Donaldson also has a knack for doing something all teams covet ... he gets on base. Donaldson's .379 OBP was good enough for 19th in the all of baseball last season. 

The soon-to-be 34-year-old is also a plus defender at the hot corner and is one of three finalists for the Gold Glove Award in the National League.

A three-year deal for Donaldson makes sense for the Rangers as two of their top prospects, Josh Jung and Davis Wendzel, are third basemen. Texas could employ Donaldson at third for the next two seasons and simply move him to designated hitter should one of Wendzel or Jung be ready to play then.