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The Daily Chop: Nationals keep adding amidst Donaldson sweepstakes

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The most obvious suitor for Josh Donaldson outside of Atlanta continues to take incremental steps toward replacing Anthony Rendon.

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The free agent market may be on a mini-hiatus as the league awaits the decision of Josh Donaldson, but nobody told the Nationals. Despite their rumored interest in the most attractive free agent remaining on the market, Washington has been aggressively added depth pieces in recent days. With the additions of Will Harris, Starlin Castro, Asdrubal Cabrera, Eric Thames and Daniel Hudson, the Nationals clearly have an eye toward building depth as they attempt to defend their crown.

With three additions to the infield mix, all on major league deals, it would seem that Josh Donaldson may no longer be a priority for Washington at this juncture. Could this signal an increased sense that Donaldson is bound for a return to Atlanta, or will this series of signings necessitate a return to Atlanta? While Minnesota and Texas have each shown various levels of interest throughout the offseason, recent reports have indicated that Washington and Atlanta were the two most aggressive teams in pursuit of Donaldson. Whether or not signing three infielders over the span of a week pushes the Nationals out of the market for Donaldson will likely be revealed soon, but in the meantime fans are simply left with more speculation than concrete fact.

Regardless of how the addition of three infielders for the Nationals impacts the Donaldson market, Washington has certainly bolstered their depth. With the return of Howie Hendrick along with the additions of Castro, Cabrera, and Thames there will be a bevy of options for manager Dave Martinez as he fills out the lineup card this season. However, given the choice Donaldson is likely the preferable choice, even if he requires a four-year deal.

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