Texas Rangers Winter Meetings: What to Watch for this Week

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 29: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals throws out George Springer (not pictured) of the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 29: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals throws out George Springer (not pictured) of the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Follow the Third Base Market

Priority number one this offseason is addressing the virtually vacant third base position within the organization. In 2019, following the retirement of future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre, the club tried a variety of low-cost options including Asdrubal Cabrera, Logan Forsythe and more. Now though, with two top tier third basemen on the free agent market, Texas is looking for a major upgrade. As of now, all eyes are on Anthony Rendon who is fresh off a World Series win with the Washington Nationals. The Houston native is far and away the top position player in free agency this offseason and is in line for a big time payday. Texas was sure to be engaged in the Rendon market entering the offseason but it’s looking more and more like they are determined to walk away with the 2019 NL MVP finalist. They aren’t without competition though as the Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals are all hot on the trail of the 29-year old.

If they don’t walk away with Rendon this offseason, expect them to push hard for Plan B, former MVP Josh Donaldson. Calling Josh Donaldson a backup plan almost feels disrespectful to the 34-year old. Donaldson is coming off a resurgent season with the Braves and is looking for likely what’ll be his final significant contract. Donaldson posted a 4.9 fWAR last season which ranked 8th among qualified third basemen. He won’t command quite the deal that Rendon will but he’ll still get a nice check. Texas wants Rendon but they will gladly take Donaldson as their Opening Day third baseman come next season.

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