The free agent pool continues to thin out, as another player has found a new home. On Sunday morning, it was announced that restricted free agent Ian Desmond has signed with the Texas Rangers. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports broke the news.
It’s a one-year deal, worth an estimated $8 million but is still pending a physical. According to Rosenthal, this will cost the Rangers their 19th pick in this year’s draft, but they can recoup that by making Desmond a qualifying offer next season. He is typically a shortstop but is expected to play left field. He could also be used as a utility man wherever the Rangers need him. His placement will likely be similar to that of Ben Zobrist with the Cubs, as he can play wherever he is needed, and not be locked down to one spot on the field.
The Rangers were obviously concerned about the status of Josh Hamilton, as he is expected to miss the first month of the season with inflammation in his left knee. Given his recent history with injuries and assorted issues, Desmond makes a viable replacement in the event he spends more time on the shelf. Pitcher Cole Hamels is excited about his arrival.
He brings a certain kind of energy. He’s got tremendous power. It’s nice to have a nice right-handed bat in our lineup to balance out the lefties. He’ll be an outstanding addition, and it’ll be fun to see hi when he gets here in a couple of days.
Desmond has spent the last seven years with the Washington Nationals, hitting .233 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs last season. Over the last four years, he has carried a .264 average, something the Rangers could use towards the bottom half of the batting order.