Ian Desmond is signing a speculated multi-year deal with the Colorado Rockies. There were many teams in on Desmond, including the St. Louis Cardinals and the Toronto Blue Jays. With this signing, the Rockies will have to forfeit the 11th overall pick in next year’s draft. First reported by Ken Rosenthal on Twitter.
Desmond is expected to play first base with the Rockies. It is possible that the Rockies move Charlie Blackmon. If that happens, he may be playing Center in that situation. Desmond spent 7 years as the Nationals‘ shortstop and played Center Field with the Texas Rangers last season. Last year, his slash line was .285/.335/.446, as he slowed down in the second half of last season.
He is 30 years old and made the All Star team last season. Expect him to do well at Coors field as he’s back in the NL for his 9th season this year. Colorado’s lineup continues to improve at this point. It appears that the deal is worth 5 years/$70M, which is $14M per year for Desmond, who always wanted a 4 or 5 year deal. I assume the Cardinals and Blue Jays didn’t want to go over 2, 3 years in their deal. The notable FAs who are OFs include Dexter Fowler. However, there are many more trade options out there.
Note: Desmond’s deal has an option of which is worth $13M.