4 Teams Besides the Braves That Should Pursue Josh Donaldson

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 06:  Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after hitting a double against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning in game three of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 06, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Atlanta Braves v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Third baseman Josh Donaldson is one of the top free agents on the market after a monster 2019 campaign with the Atlanta Braves. There's a good chance he returns to Atlanta, as they have the need at third base and he has a great relationship with GM Alex Anthopoulos. However, if another teams offers him more money, it wouldn't be shocking if he took it and left.

Here are four teams besides the Braves that should pursue Donaldson in free agency.

4. Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 14:  Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves prepares for a pitch during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals | Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The defending World Series champs will do everything they can to re-sign Anthony Rendon, but what should they do if they can't? The Washington Nationals don't have anyone internally they can stick at the hot corner, so going after the second-best option in Donaldson would ideally be their course of action.

3. St. Louis Cardinals

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)
Divisional Series - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves - Game Two | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals aren't totally giving up on Matt Carpenter, who struggled mightily in 2019, but if they can upgrade their offense by signing Donaldson, they shouldn't even hesitate. Donaldson is a game-changing right-handed bat, which they'll need in the worst way if Marcell Ozuna signs elsewhere in free agency.

2. Texas Rangers

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 03:  Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves throws out the runner against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning in game one of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves - Game One | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers are moving into a new ballpark in 2020 and they'll need to add some firepower to garner more interest, and it's already been reported that they're interested in Donaldson. Anthony Rendon, who is a Texas native, will be their top option, but bringing in Donaldson isn't a bad Plan B.

1. Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 09: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves bats against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

It's clear the Philadelphia Phillies can't continue to bet on Maikel Franco becoming that right-handed slugger they envisioned when he was a heralded prospect. They need to move on and bring in a new face at the hot corner, and Donaldson would be a perfect addition to go along with Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins. Talk about a dominant middle of the lineup.