Rendon is from Richmond, Texas and went to Rice University, so if a return to the Nationals isn't ultimately in the cards, the Rangers could emerge as the No. 1 contender for his services.
In addition to making sense as a suitor for Rendon from a geographic sense, the Rangers will move into Globe Life Park in 2020. After three consecutive losing seasons - and the cross-state rival Houston Astros turning into the most dominant team in the sport - the Rangers are looking to be aggressive on the free-agent market this offseason. Signing Rendon would create buzz heading into a new stadium, and also help the Rangers to attempt to level the playing field with the aforementioned Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics and even the Los Angeles Angels, who are seen as a favorite to land RHP Gerrit Cole.
With just over $110 million in financial commitments for 2020 - and Shin-Soo Choo set to come off the books after next season - the Rangers are in a great position to make Rendon their next great third baseman.