One of the top free agent targets for the Dodgers (most of baseball, really) is former Washington 3B Anthony Rendon. The 2019 All-Star has been linked to the Dodgers early and often — especially by writers such as Jeff Passan of ESPN — but now reports are that Rendon met with Texas Rangers brass on Sunday.
Here is some non non-tender news. The Rangers made their pursuit of Anthony Rendon official with a face-to-face meeting this weekend, sources said: https://t.co/EjIZLsP021
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 3, 2019
The Rangers appear to be unexpected major players in the free agent market this winter. Having already inked right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson to a 3-year pact, the club’s need for a third baseman has been well known since the retirement of Adrian Beltre.
Here’s the key excerpt from dallasnews.com:
According to three major league sources, [Texas GM Jon] Daniels headed a contingent of Rangers officials who met face-to-face with free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon and his representative Scott Boras in Houston Sunday. While no contract offer was made, according to the sources, the Rangers were there to make a presentation indicating their interest in the top position player on the free agent market.
As we’re now starting to see, clubs are beginning their official introductory meetings with top-flight free agents ahead of next week’s winter meetings in San Diego. The big news on Monday was that the Dodgers had reportedly already met with free agent pitcher Stephen Strasburg as he makes a west-coast-swing talking to interested organizations.
Additionally, Texas has also been linked to another player on LA’s radar in Josh Donaldson.
As the winter trudges on, there is sure to be a lot of chatter on Rendon, Donaldson, Strasburg, and even Gerrit Cole well into January.