Report: Rangers have ‘expressed interest’ in Josh Donaldson

Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) drives in a run with a base hit in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)

The Texas Rangers have “expressed interest” in third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

MLB Network Insider Mark Feinsand reiterated Passan’s point about the Rangers, adding that the Philadelphia Phillies “are among the teams” that have interest in Donaldson.

Donaldson, 33, will be a free agent within a week, assuming he declines the $17.8 million qualifying offer he was tendered by the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

The former Blue Jay and 2015 American League MVP is coming off a one-year, $23 million deal with the Braves. According to Passan, the Rangers are looking to make third base a priority. Texas ranked 16th in WAR at the third base position last year (0.8), according to Baseball Reference.

Donaldson accrued 6.1 bWAR in 2019, including 37 home runs and a .900 OPS in 155 games.

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