Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
3 days ago

Desmond agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies on Wednesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

EDGE Analysis

There could be another shoe or two to drop, as it is unclear where Desmond will see everyday at-bats on this current Rockies roster, however, he will certainly be in the lineup every day, one way or another. Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon have long been rumored as potential trade candidates, which would be one way to open up a spot for Desmond. Another option would be finally transitioning Gonzalez to first base, which would also open up a spot in the outfield. Rosenthal also speculates that Desmond will play some first base this season, although that would seem to be a waste of his defensive versatility. This is obviously an excellent development for Desmond's fantasy value, as Coors Field is notorious for boosting player's batting averages, and that is the one aspect of Desmond's game that has been unreliable in recent seasons. The one negative is that Desmond now appears unlikely to move back to shortstop anytime soon, with Trevor Story entrenched there in Colorado. This signing means the Rockies will forfeit the No. 11 pick in next year's draft, which is a steep price to pay. The deal comes with a $13 million club option for a sixth year.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
4 weeks ago

Desmond rejected the Rangers' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer Monday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

It wasn't completely clear whether or not Desmond would accept the qualifying offer at first, but given his strong 2016 campaign in which he hit .285 and swatted 22 home runs, he decided to test the free agent market. The 31-year-old boasts the ability to play both infield and outfield, although some suitors may be turned off by the need to give up a draft pick in order to sign a deal with him.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
1 month ago

The Rangers will extend a $17.2 million qualifying offer to Desmond, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off a 2016 campaign that saw Desmond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI, it makes sense that the Rangers are making an effort to keep the 31-year-old around. However, there's yet to be an indication as to whether or not Desmond will accept the offer. Although he's traditionally played shortstop, Desmond spent all of 2016 in the outfield.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
2 months ago

Desmond is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

With Desmond out of the lineup, the Rangers will deploy and outfield of Nomar Mazara, Carlos Gomez, and Shin-Soo Choo. Coming off a disappointing 2015 campaign, Desmond has enjoyed a resurgent season and posted a .285/.335/.446 line.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
3 months ago

Desmond is out of the lineup Saturday against the A's.

EDGE Analysis

The Rangers are resting most of their regulars Saturday after clinching the division Friday. Delino DeShields is staring in center field and hitting leadoff Saturday.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
3 months ago

Desmond is not in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

The usual starter in center field will get the day off as the Rangers go with Carlos Gomez in his stead. Gomez will hit atop the order against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
3 months ago

Desmond is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

EDGE Analysis

Desmond tallied two hits in Monday's game and did the same five times in his previous nine games, but he also has not had a day off since July 31, so manager Jeff Banister decided to give him one Tuesday. Carlos Gomez will slide over and cover center field in Desmond's place.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
3 months ago

Desmond went 2-for-3 with his 22nd homer and a walk against the Mariners on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

He's already joined the 20-20 club, but Desmond isn't about to stop there. With four two-hit games in his last six contests, the 30-year-old shortstop-turned-outfielder appears poised to keep up his brisk offensive pace over the remainder of the season. He still strikes out a lot, but Desmond's perfectly capable of delivering a high BABIP, although this year's .354 is a career high.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
4 months ago

Desmond went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run in a 6-1 win against Oakland on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Those runs he knocked in were big ones, as Desmond turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead with a two-run single in the fifth, then tacked on an insurance run with a seventh-inning single. Although Desmond's having a great season on the whole, his power has utterly vanished lately -- the shortstop-turned-outfielder hasn't homered since July 28 and hasn't had an extra-base hit since July 29. Wednesday could be a sign that he's turning these August struggles around, though, so stay patient if you own him.

Ian Desmond
LF/CF TEX
4 months ago

Desmond is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Desmond's absence doesn't appear to be injury-related; instead, the Rangers likely just wanted to give the All-Star a day off since he's started every game since June 24. With Desmond out of the lineup, DeShields will start in center field and serve as the team's leadoff hitter.