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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 manager Bud Black confirmed Thursday that Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to join the active roster before the end of April.
Desmond underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a fracture of the second metacarpal bone in his left hand. He suffered the injury last Sunday in a Cactus League game. The 31-year-old signed a five-year, $70 million free agent contract with Colorado this past offseason after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 107 runs scored over 156 games for the Rangers in 2016. Mar 16 - 12:28 PM

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Rockies manager Bud Black said during an appearance on KOA NewsRadio on Tuesday that Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to return in late-April.

Desmond suffered a fracture of the second metacarpal bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. He's scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, so there should be more clarity on the timeline soon, but the early estimate could have been much worse. Mark Reynolds will be the primary fill-in at first base in the short-term.
Mar 14 - 12:19 PM

Ian Desmond will have surgery Wednesday to repair the fractured second metacarpal bone in his left hand.

There's no word yet on how long Desmond's rehab will take, but more figures to be known after the procedure Wednesday. Obviously, he's going to be looking at an extended absence, which means Mark Reynolds is in line to play first base for a while for the Rockies.
Mar 13 - 4:47 PM

Ian Desmond has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand, the result of getting hit by a pitch in Cactus League play on Sunday.

He'll visit a hand specialist on Monday. There's no word yet on how much time he may miss, but he'll certainly start the season on the disabled list. It's a crushing blow to the Rockies, where Desmond was their big splash offensively over the winter. They now have a gaping hole at first base to fill.
Mar 12 - 7:27 PM

Ian Desmond was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand.

He was spotted wearing a brace on the hand afterwards. He'll likely head for X-rays to ensure that there's no structural damage. Expect the Rockies to provide an update on his status after the game.
Mar 12 - 5:34 PM

Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Desmond let rip for a two-run shot off James Paxton in the fourth inning. The dinger was his first of spring training. The Rockies inked him to a five-year, $70 million deal in mid-December. He posted a .285/.335/.446 triple-slash with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 steals across 625 at-bats this past season. Shifting over from the Rangers to the Rockies, now, he keeps his act in a favorable hitter's park.
Mar 4 - 6:12 PM

Ian Desmond is batting fifth in his Cactus League debut with the Rockies on Saturday.

Aside from having Gerardo Parra in for David Dahl, and utilizing a designated hitter, this looks as though it could be a preview of the Opening Day lineup for the Rockies. Desmond, coming off of a monster 2016 campaign with the Rangers, is poised for even greater heights in the tremendous hitting environment that Coors Field provides.
Feb 25 - 9:51 AM

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

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 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 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 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 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, 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

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C1Tony Wolters
2Tom Murphy
3Dustin Garneau
1B1Ian Desmond
2Mark Reynolds
2B1DJ LeMahieu
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Trevor Story
2Cristhian Adames
3Pat Valaika
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1David Dahl
2Gerardo Parra
3Chris Denorfia
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Raimel Tapia
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
2Jordan Patterson
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S1Jon Gray
2Chad Bettis
3Tyler Anderson
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jeff Hoffman
6German Marquez
7Shane Carle
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R1Greg Holland
2Adam Ottavino
3Jake McGee
4Mike Dunn
5Chad Qualls
6Chris Rusin
7Jason Motte
8Jordan Lyles
9Carlos Estevez
10Scott Oberg
11Jairo Diaz
12Matt Carasiti