Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 3 days ago

Desmond went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran outfielder continues to be a constant presence on the base paths despite overall struggles at the plate, as he's now reached safely in 11 of the last 12 games. That includes multi-hit efforts in three of the last five contests, as he's managed to contribute in multiple offensive categories. Desmond is still slashing a mediocre .228/.315/.380, but is hitting .444 (8-for-18) over his last five games.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 6 days ago

Desmond homered as part of a 2-for-3 game with three runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Desmond has hit all of his home runs over a hot stretch covering the last six games. In that span, he is 8-20 (.400) with three homers and a double and has raised his batting line from .132/.151/.207 to .211/.309/.366. He also walked in Tuesday's big game and now has five walks against just three strikeouts in those six games. There's a lot to like with Desmond's recent form, as he's looking a lot more like the player who hit 43 home runs between 2014 and 2015.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 2 weeks ago

Demond was 2-for-4 with a double and three-run home run on Thursday against the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 30-year-old has really struggled to start this season, as he is slashing just .158/.226/.246 with one homer, five RBI and 17 strikeouts. Last season, he also hit just one home run and batted .217 in April, but things could be looking up for Desmond. He is 4-for-11 in his last three games.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 2 weeks ago

Desmond is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ryan Rua will take over in left for Desmond for Saturday's matchup with Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles. Desmond has struggled mightily at the plate to start the year going 5-for-46 to start the year and he's collected just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. He got off to a slow start last season as well, slashing .217/.287/.326 through the first month of the season before ultimately turning things around a bit later on in the year.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 4 weeks ago

Desmond is getting the start in center field and hitting second Wednesday against the Mariners, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It didn't take long for Desmond to get a start in center field, as the Rangers hinted at in camp. The move allows the Rangers to get Justin Ruggiano, who crushes lefties, into left field against southpaw Wade Miley. This won't really affect Desmond's fantasy value much, but the outfield versatility will allow him to stay in the lineup most days regardless of who is on the mound.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 1 month ago

Desmond is set to break camp as Texas' starting left fielder.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Desmond was able to acclimate to his new position and managed to hit .349 in 43 at-bats in a very successful spring training. He could face some playing-time pressure when Josh Hamilton returns in mid-May, but his spot in the everyday lineup is secured until at least then.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 2 months ago

The Rangers believe Desmond is capable of playing center field if need be, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Most signs point to Desmond spending all of 2016 in left field for the Rangers, but there are scenarios where it might make sense to try him in center field. For instance, if Delino DeShields Jr. struggles in center, Desmond could shift over, and allow Josh Hamilton, Nomar Mazara or Joey Gallo to occupy left field, but this would obviously be later in the season. Either way, it sounds like Desmond will be in the lineup almost every day, and while he won't be playing shortstop, he still maintains that eligibility in fantasy leagues.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 2 months ago

General manager Jon Daniels talked about Desmond on Monday, stating "he is our left fielder, and he will be all year", TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

There were thoughts that Desmond may just move to left field until Josh Hamilton returned, but Daniels said that how Hamilton will contribute to the team this season will be determined when that point of the season comes along. Daniels also seemed content with letting Desmond man left field while top prospects Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara developed more in the minor leagues. Naturally, Desmond's results on the diamond will affect how he sticks in left field, but this is definitely a vote of confidence for the former shortstop going forward.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 2 months ago

Desmond is being viewed as a left fielder after signing with Texas, the team's web site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Desmond will get an extended look in left field for at least the first month while Josh Hamilton remains sidelined, though Desmond could start to lose at-bats after Hamilton's return if Desmond is struggling at the plate.

Ian Desmond SS/LF TEX 2 months ago

Desmond agreed to a one-year contract with the Rangers on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The last of the big-name free agents still left out on the market, Desmond finally has a home, albeit for a shorter-term contract than he and his agent probably envisioned heading into the winter. The Rangers will need to get a bit creative to find a spot for Desmond, as the team already has Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor in the fold at shortstop and second base, respectively. Both Andrus and Odor are superior defenders than Desmond, so look for the Rangers to give the 30-year-old a look in left field during spring training, where his path to playing time could be easier with Josh Hamilton (knee) set to begin the season the DL. Desmond could be at risk of losing at-bats once Hamilton is healthy and/or top prospects Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara enter the outfield mix, but because of his power and speed combination along with the fact that he'll still retain shortstop eligibility in most formats, Desmond still profiles as one of the stronger fantasy options at his position.