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Ian Desmond | Outfielder | #20

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Rockies signed INF/OF Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract.
Desmond will be officially introduced in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. The contract took many in the baseball world by surprise, but barring a pursuit of Mark Trumbo, the Rockies plan to use Desmond at first base in 2017. Desmond batted .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases with the Rangers this past season and finds himself in another great spot for fantasy value. The Rockies surrendered their first-round pick (No. 11 overall) in order to sign Desmond. Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:43:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond is headed to the Rockies.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $70 million while Joel Sherman reports that it's a five-year contract. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports there's an option for a sixth year which could bring the total outlay to $83 million. Alrighty then, Rockies. It's an unexpected fit, for a number of reasons. The Rockies already have a surplus of outfielders, so this potentially opens the door for Charlie Blackmon to be traded. Rosenthal also notes that Desmond will likely split time between first base and the outfield. It should be stated that the Rockies will have to give up the No. 11 overall pick (the highest unprotected pick) in 2017 to sign Desmond since he rejected a qualifying offer from the Rangers. That's not ideal. On the bright side, he'll be in a fantastic spot for fantasy value.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 11:19:00 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that Ian Desmond is not going to the Blue Jays, Nationals, or Rangers.

Bowden previously reported that Desmond has settled on a team and that his reps are now working on finalizing a deal. By process of elimination, the Cardinals could be the most likely fit here, but perhaps there's a "mystery team" involved. We should soon find out.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 11:03:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ian Desmond will not be returning to the Rangers.

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reported earlier that Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and Heyman hears that he has found an opportunity with a team other than the Rangers. We know the Cardinals have been linked to him in recent days, but that's just speculation at this point. More details should leak out soon.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:27:00 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that Ian Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and that his representatives are in the process of finalizing a deal on Wednesday.

The identity of that team? We aren't sure quite yet, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days and a reunion with the Rangers is still a possibility even after the Carlos Gomez deal. Desmond batted .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:36:00 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cardinals have had internal discussions about a possible pursuit of free agent outfielder Ian Desmond.

It doesn't sound like they have actually reached out to his agents yet about the possibility. The Cardinals are heavily in the mix for Dexter Fowler and have reportedly made an initial offer, but they are keeping their eye on alternatives just in case. Desmond is in a better position for a lucrative deal this offseason after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016. The Rangers are still a possibility to bring him back.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:45:00 AM

According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are "far from optimistic" a deal will get done with free agent Ian Desmond.

This comes on the heels of a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said the Rangers' talks with Desmond had "intensified" in recent days. The Rangers are obviously keen on re-signing him, but Desmond won't come cheap after a productive year that included 22 HR, 86 RBI and 21 steals. Desmond turned down the Rangers' one-year qualifying offer, which means Texas will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers talks with Ian Desmond have intensified in recent days.

Perhaps as it's looking more and more likely that the Nationals may end up with Andrew McCutchen, the Rangers are moving on to the next best option to fill their hole in center field. Desmond had a resurgent season in Texas in 2016, slashing .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases. His fantasy value would certainly be helped by staying in Arlington.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 03:10:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are considering Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond as backup options for center field.

Heyman notes that the Nationals "remain focused" on a trade for Andrew McCutchen, but they are preparing backup plans in the event they're not able to work something out for the Pirates outfielder. Desmond is the most interesting name of the aforementioned bunch, of course, given that he's spent most of his career with the Nats. He played shortstop for them, but Washington appears intent on moving Trea Turner in to his natural position of shortstop and adding a center fielder.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:53:00 PM

Ian Desmond will reject the Rangers' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

That will allow Texas to get a compensatory draft pick should Desmond sign with a different team. The 31-year-old is looking to hit it big in free agency after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 107 runs scored in 156 games this past season. He's selling himself as a shortstop and outfielder.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 10:08:00 AM

According to Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports, free agent Ian Desmond will sell himself as both a shortstop and outfielder this winter.

Desmond made 128 starts in center field, 27 starts in left field, and zero starts at shortstop this summer with the Rangers, but he played short almost exclusively during his first seven MLB seasons with the Nationals from 2009-2015. Desmond is already said to be drawing interest from the Orioles, who would likely play him in a corner outfield spot. The 31-year-old should find offers of all kinds after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 107 runs scored in 156 games for Texas during the 2016 regular season.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 06:53:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Orioles are interested in free agent Ian Desmond for a corner outfield role.

Desmond had to settle for a one-year deal with the Rangers back in February, but he's poised to do better this time around after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases this past season. He received a qualifying offer on Monday, so the Rangers would receive a compensation pick if he signs elsewhere. Free agent Mark Trumbo served as the Orioles' primary right fielder in 2016 while Hyun Soo Kim and Nolan Reimold saw the majority of the playing time in left field. They got a .687 OPS out of left field, which ranked 27th in the majors.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Rangers extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to OF Ian Desmond.

He'll reject it, but the Rangers will now pick up a draft pick if Desmond signs somewhere else this winter. They do have interest in bringing the outfielder back after he hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases this past season.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Ian Desmond got a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Rangers.

Desmond has a week to decide whether to accept. He turned down a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer last winter from the Nationals and then struggled to attract interest on the open market because of the draft pick compensation that hangs over players who reject the QO. It'll be another tough call for the 31-year-old and his agent. Desmond was much more productive offensively in 2016 than he was in 2015 and this is a weaker free agent market overall, but $17.2 million is a big sum on a one-year deal.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 02:56:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that the club plans to extend a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Ian Desmond.

It's an expected decision. Desmond turned down a qualifying offer from the Nationals last winter and ultimately had to settle for a one-year deal with the Rangers. He's in much better position this winter after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases this past season, but his production dropped off considerably during the second half.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 05:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tony Wolters
2Tom Murphy
3Dustin Garneau
1B1Ian Desmond
2Gerardo Parra
2B1DJ LeMahieu
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Trevor Story
2Cristhian Adames
3Pat Valaika
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1David Dahl
2Stephen Cardullo
3Chris Denorfia
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Raimel Tapia
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
2Jordan Patterson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Gray
2Chad Bettis
3Tyler Anderson
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jeff Hoffman
6German Marquez
7Yency Almonte
8Shane Carle
9Zach Jemiola
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Adam Ottavino
2Jake McGee
3Mike Dunn
4Jason Motte
5Chad Qualls
6Scott Oberg
7Chris Rusin
8Jordan Lyles
9Carlos Estevez
10Eddie Butler
11Jairo Diaz
12Rayan Gonzalez
13Sam Moll
14Matt Carasiti