The Texas Rangers and Ian Desmond have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $8 million pending a physical examination.
Desmond, 30, was previously with the Washington Nationals, and he’s pretty much played shortstop his entire career. He is expected to be a utility player for the Texas Rangers organization, as well as Elvis Andrus’ backup.
Playing for the Washington Nationals from 2009 to 2015, Desmond has a .264 batting average, and he’s recorded over 400 RBIs, and he’s hit over 100 homeruns. He’s even made the All-Star game and has earned three Silver Slugger Awards.
Last season wasn’t one of his best as he finished with 19 homeruns, 62 RBIs, 13 SB and a .233 batting average. The big draw back with Desmond is that he led the National League in errors with 27.
The Texas Rangers will have to give a first-round draft pick to the Nationals for this signing. So this is a very big gamble on the Rangers part. Desmond can play left field if needed which the Rangers will need him to play at least for the first month of the season due to the absence of Josh Hamilton who is rehabbing from surgery.
By signing a one-year contract with the Rangers, Desmond has earned himself an opportunity to improve. Even though he won’t be playing full-time, he can still have a decent season, so that way when he becomes a free agent after the 2016 season he can get some better offers from teams and revive his career. But in order to do that he’s got to play well, and the Rangers will make sure that he gets that opportunity.