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 hard, hard comedown for Desmond, 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, who has seen a dramatic decline in his offensive production over the past several season (his OPS has gone from .845 to .784 to .743 to .674 since 2012) now looks to make the most of this by moving to a hitter-friendly park and by showing defensive versatility by covering left field. Meanwhile, the signing and the position he’ll cover tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the Rangers’ confidence in Josh Hamilton being healthy and productive.