Rangers make $17.2 million qualifying offer to Ian Desmond

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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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.