sign Desmond on one-year deal: reports
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[February 29, 2016]
(Reuters) - The Texas Rangers have
agreed to a one-year contract worth $8 million with former All-Star
shortstop Ian Desmond, pending a physical, according to multiple reports
Desmond, 30, played the past seven seasons with the Washington
Nationals before he decided to test free agency and is a three-time
winner of the Silver Slugger award as the top hitting shortstop in
the National League.
According to media reports, the Rangers must surrender a first-round
draft pick (19th overall) to Washington for signing Desmond with the
Nationals having extended him a $15.8 million qualifying offer.
Desmond, an All-Star in 2012, hit .233 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs
for the Nationals last season. He had a .290 on-base percentage and
a .384 slugging percentage.
Used almost exclusively as a shortstop in the majors, Desmond has a
.264 career average with 110 homers and 432 RBIs in 927 games.
However, he is expected to be employed as an outfielder by the
Rangers with left fielder Josh Hamilton likely to start the 2016
season on the disabled list with a sore left knee.
"He brings a certain kind of energy," Rangers starting pitcher Cole
Hamels told mlb.com about Desmond. "He's got tremendous power.
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"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 him when he gets here in a couple of days."
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Andrew
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