Publish date:

Ian Desmond signs one-year, $8 million deal with Rangers

Free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond has signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Texas Rangers to be the team's leftfielder.

Free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond has signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the team announced on Monday. Desmond will earn $8 million in 2016 and will take over as Texas' starting leftfielder.

Desmond, 30, had spent the entirety of his seven-year career with the Washington Nationals as their shortstop and had the chance to sign a long-term contract with the Nationals before the 2014 season but turned down a five-year, $89.5 million extension. Last season turned out to be a disappointment for Desmond, who registered a .233 batting average with 19 home runs and 32 RBIs. He also saw his stolen bases drop from 24 to 13 from the previous season. As a National, Desmond was named to the 2012 National League All-Star team and won three Silver Slugger awards at shortstop.

Cubs sign OF Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Desmond was the final free agent on the market with draft pick compensation; he rejected the Nationals' qualifying offer in November. The Rangers will give up the No. 19 pick in the draft, and the Nationals will receive the No. 29 pick.

SI Recommends