With the annual general manager meetings underway, the lull between the end of the postseason and the hot stove period should be concluding in the near future. Top executives are actually starting to acknowledge potential offseason free agent targets or their intent to make an impact on the trade market -- though they can't list targets currently employed by other teams.
Let's run down the latest from Wednesdays' MLB rumor mill.
Dodgers, Rangers among teams in on Donaldson
Josh Donaldson in his age-33 with the Braves batted .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs in 155 games and plus defense at the hot corner. In other words Donaldson on a one-year contract rebuilt his value after a disappointing 2018 campaign and positioned himself as a premium free agent this offseason. No surprise, then, that a number of teams have him in mind.
The Braves have some interest in a reunion, and the champion Nationals have Donaldson on their radar as a potential replacement for fellow free agent Anthony Rendon. Now Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers also have interest in Donaldson. Any signing of Donaldson by the Dodgers would likely lead to an infield shuffle, assuming they kept Donaldson at third base. Right now, Justin Turner is the team's third baseman, but he could be moved to first or even second as a way to clear the decks for Donaldson.
Elsewhere, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers are also interested in Donaldson.