Rockies Agree to Five-Year Pact With Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a five-year deal worth $70 million, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The contract is pending a physical.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden is reporting that the contract also includes a club option for a possible sixth year if the Rockies choose to opt-in. A potential opt-in would raise the overall contract value to $83 million over six years.

Desmond will earn base salaries of $8 million in 2017, $22 million in 2018, $15 million in 2019 and 2020, and then $8 million in 2021 before the 2022 club option that includes a $2 million buyout is an option for Colorado.

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Desmond was offered a seven-year, $107 million contract extension from the Washington Nationals. He turned it down, and betted on himself to earn a much larger payday from the Nationals or another team in free agency in 2015.

2015-2016 free agency was anything but that for Desmond. He sat in free agency until February when the Rangers signed him to a one-year, $8 million deal to play the outfield after rejecting the Nationals’ qualifying offer of slightly over $15 million that November.

2016 was a resurgent season for Desmond, however, as he slashed .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs to make his second ever all-star game, making up some of the money he had lost in the previous years.

After his 2016 redemption season in Texas, Ian Desmond is headed to Colorado. (Norm Hall/Getty Images)
After his 2016 redemption season in Texas, Ian Desmond is headed to Colorado.
(Norm Hall/Getty Images)

While Rosenthal also reported that Desmond will play first base for the Rockies, he is added into the longjam the Rockies have in the outfield with Carlos Gonzalez, David Dahl, Gerardo Parra, and Charlie Blackmon.

First base is one of the few positions where the Rockies don’t have a long-term fixture, so it’s extremely likely that Desmond will start more games at first base than he will start in the outfield.

Nolan Arenado has third base locked down, Trevor Story has shortstop as of now, and D.J. LeMahieu at second base. Desmond entering at first is one of the final pieces to the puzzle.

Colorado also has a couple of pitching pieces for the future going forward with Tyler Chatwood and Jon Gray. The rotation is the only thing they need to beef up, and pitching prospects Jeff Hoffman, Riley Pint, German Marquez and others are all candidates to help out the Rockies in that department.

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