Ian Desmond bets on himself, and loses: Signs one year pact with the Rangers
Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with Ian Desmond. The deal is pending a physical. He’ll reportedly be the Rangers left fielder.
This is a tough pill for Desmond to swallow, who had previously rejected a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Nationals. And, as I’m sure he’d like to not be reminded, he turned down a 7-year, $107 million deal from the Nationals in 2013. Meanwhile, it’s a bargain for the Rangers, who will also have to give up the No. 19 overall pick in order to sign Desmond.
Desmond has seen a decline in his play over the past few seasons (his OPS has gone from .845 to .784 to .743 to .674 since 2012), but 2016 could look up for the former shortstop. Texas’ ballpark is hitter-friendly and he shows other teams his versatility by switching positions, so with a solid season he could still see a hefty payday ahead, but unlikely to reach the $107 million that was once offered to him.
For the Rangers, this is a great signing, but also shows the lack of faith they have in Josh Hamilton, who will start the season on the DL. It will remain to be seen, if he gets his everyday job back (Hamilton was projected to be the teams starting left fielder).