Anthony Rendon is one of the hottest free agents in the MLB partly because of his World Series win with the Nationals and also because of his stellar play in 2019.
Rendon led the majors in with 126 runs batted in 2019 and was a shoo-in many thought for National League MVP honors. Cody Bellinger ultimately won the award, but Rendon proved to be the bigger winner given his postseason success against Bellinger’s Dodgers in the NLDS and the Astros in the World Series.
Ironically Rendon has been linked to the Dodgers, Mets, and the Texas Rangers who are courting him and want him to play there, since Rendon is from Houston, Texas.
One would want to speculate would the Astros consider signing him consider his fondness for Minute Maid Field, the Astros home stadium where Rendon regularly watched games.
There is no news about the Astros doing so. It’s hard to see where he would fit on a team that has Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa.
Rendon is by far the best 3rd basemen on the market in terms of his stats and his age. At 29, he has already won a Silver Slugger Award and three top-10 National League MVP finishes (’14, ’17 and ’19) to go with his 2019 World Series ring now.
The other two players who immediately come to mind on the hot corner are Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas.
What’s Left for the Bringer of Rain
Josh Donaldson is someone who teams have shown some interest. Given his play in AL MVP winning days of 2015 with the Jays, teams may be hoping he recapture some of his former glory. He had a great season for the Atlanta Braves in 2019. Donaldson put up a statline of .259/.379/.521 with 33 doubles, 37 home runs, 94 RBI and 100 walks. He also had 15 defensive runs saved in the field.
Donaldson was also named the comeback player of the year by Major League Baseball for 2019.
The Bringer of Rain has been linked to the Nationals who may not keep Rendon, the Phillies, The Dodgers, and the Texas Rangers. Donaldson did reject a qualifying offer from the Braves, which creates a more complicated situation for a team who wants to sign him and must now give compensation for that signing.
Moustakas Goes to the Big Red Machine
Moustakas made a big splash in signing with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday for four years and 64 million. The Reds were bad last season but sit in the weaker NL Central, where St. Louis took the pennant with 91 wins.
Moustakas’ statline in 2019 includes .329 OBP, which is an improvement compared to his .310 career mark he’s compiled with the Brewers and Kansas City Royals. He has a winning pedigree too with his 2015 World Series ring in Kansas City.
Moustakas hits a lot of home runs, he’s reached the 35-homer plateau in two of the last three seasons. His 101 long balls since 2017 rank 14th out of all hitters.
With Moustakas already signed and the Winter Meetings starting Dec 8, Donaldson and Rendon have been rumoured to be on the move, but still not linked to any team. Look for that to change once the Winter Meetings wrap up.
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