The Rangers have made a $17.2 million qualifying offer to outfielder Ian Desmond, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. As a result, if Desmond signs elsewhere, his new team must forfeit its highest available draft pick as compensation.
Desmond, 31, had draft pick compensation attached to him last offseason and didn’t sign until February 29th as a result, inking a one-year, $8 million deal with the Rangers. Since he’s coming off a stronger season, he is hoping to not have to wait as long and to ink a multi-year deal.
Desmond played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers. He hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances.