Spring Training games will be in full swing for all 30 MLB teams next week, and Ian Desmond will finally be able to be part of the fun, as he agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal earlier today with the Texas Rangers.
Source: Desmond deal with #Rangers is one year, $8M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 28, 2016
Desmond was easily the best free agent shortstop on the market this off-season, but he remained un-signed until now due to the qualifying offer. The Rangers will forfeit their 1st round pick to sign Desmond, and they will play him in left field. Desmond’s 2015 team, the Washington Nationals, will receive the pick.
The 30-year-old Desmond is known for turning down a seven-year, $107 million offer from the Nationals right before the 2014 MLB season was scheduled to start. He instead will miss out on an extra $99 million, something that might be tough to digest.
Desmond had a down year in terms of past production in 2015. He batted .233/.290/.384 with 19 home runs and 62 runs batted in. He’s a career .264/.312/.424 hitter to go with 19 home runs and 75 runs batted in over a 162 game pace.
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