Texas Rangers: Which Free Agent Third Baseman is the Best Fit?

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals waits on deck against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals waits on deck against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 04: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single off Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game two of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 04, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 04: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single off Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game two of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 04, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Verdict

The best fit this offseason for Texas feels like Josh Donaldson. As much as I’d love to see Anthony Rendon in Arlington next season, the contract numbers don’t fall in line with what I think Texas is comfortable paying right now. With numerous holes that need to be taken care of on their roster heading into next season, Donaldson allows you to get a very productive player in, that doesn’t lock you up financially for the better part of the next decade. He’d become one of the best bats in the Texas lineup and would be exceptional at third base defensively.

Donaldson isn’t by any means safe, but the Rangers had pretty good success the last time they signed a veteran third baseman to a hefty contract and I think they opt to test that once again.

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