Ian Desmond rejects the Rangers qualifying offer

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that Ian Desmond will reject the Rangers’ one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

Desmond, 31, hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 107 runs scored in 156 games this past season. He did not sign until late February and was forced to move from his typical shortstop position to the outfield where he played pretty respectably. That improved batting line and that versatility should aid him well in the free agent market, where will reportedly market himself as both a shortstop and an outfielder.

As we mentioned in our qualifying offer rundown this morning, Texas will get a compensatory draft pick should Desmond sign with a different team.