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Nationals Reportedly Not Out of Josh Donaldson Sweepstakes Despite Multiple Infield Signings

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Starlin Castro and Asdrubal Cabrera won't deter the Nationals from their pursuit of Josh Donaldson. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals have had a busy start to the new year, bolstering their infield depth by signing Starlin Castro and bringing back Asdrubal Cabrera.

But the two veteran signings reportedly won't keep them from continuing their pursuit of highly-coveted free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, per Jim Bowden.

The initial perception was that after the team signed both Castro and Cabrera, the need to address their glaring infield holes was gone. That, however, doesn't seem to be the case.

The Nationals are in need of a third baseman now that two-time Silver Slugger Anthony Rendon is a member of the Los Angeles Angels, and the 34-year-old Cabrera likely isn't the solution.

Donaldson, however, would certainly be the ideal replacement. He swatted 37 home runs to the tune of a 132 wRC+ in 2019, and his 15 defensive runs saved suggest he hasn't lost a step defensively at the hot corner.

It isn't every day that a player of Donaldson's caliber crops up on the free agent market. Replacing an MVP finalist with a former MVP would be absolutely brilliant. it's good to see that they're keeping their foot on the gas in their pursuit of him.

If the Nationals can muster up the money to land Donaldson for 2020 and beyond, they'll be in fantastic shape in the infield for the upcoming season.