Ian Desmond To Texas

Ian Desmond is transitioning to the outfield and will be doing it in Texas after signing a one year deal worth 8 mil. The former National once turned down a 7 year, 107 million deal and is now looking to pull a Nelson Cruz.  Desmond will be taking over for the injured Josh Hamilton, who will be starting the season on the DL, with an knee injury that could potentially knock him out for the majority of the season.  Desmond hasn’t appeared in the outfield in a game since 2010, and that was only for a third of an inning as an injury replacement.

General manager Jon Daniels, who spoke to Desmond several times before the deal was complete, said a review of reports on Desmond included many scouts saying in the past that they bet he could play center field. Desmond’s willingness to play left field was a key factor in the Rangers signing him.

 

Desmond has a .264 career batting average with 110 home runs and 432 RBIs. He won three Silver Slugger awards, but he struggled for much of last season, when he hit .233 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs and made an NL-high 27 errors.

Signing Desmond will cost Texas their 19th overall draft pick, however they will still be receiving a pick in return for losing Yovani Gallardo to the Orioles.

7 thoughts on “Ian Desmond To Texas

  1. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    So, is this Desmond being so greedy that he thought he could’ve gotten more than what the Nats were offering and completely missed his mark, or was it that he wanted to escape Washington so much that he refused the big contract knowing he was giving up all that cash?

    Curious minds…

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    • They spared that idiot Rizzo from another disastrous decision. I wonder if Washington ownership will consider that the next time discuss his future?

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    • I wouldn’t call him greedy. He bet on himself and lost.

      If you had a job in which you didn’t get to choose who you worked for and the odds that your career would end before you ever got to choose which company to work for was over 90%, wouldn’t you like to see what else was out there instead of just staying with the same company until you retired?

      He’s 30 coming off of a crappy season after putting up 4+ fWAR 3 years in a row. He was caught in the shift away from teams paying a lot for good but not great players that are 30+ and in the QO trap at the same time. Many teams are taking aging curves for position players into account and are much less willing to offer long and expensive deals to older position players…and that is complicated by the QO, without it, he could have landed a 1 or 2 year deal for $15-17M per year, probably….but teams don’t want to pay full price if they are giving up a 1st round pick (the Ranger’s pick the lost due to the signing is valued around $10M)…that is a lot of opportunity cost.

      Yes, a smart agency could have seen this coming…but they still work for the player and it is hard to convince them that they aren’t going to be in high demand…and, really, he may still have been in high demand if his 2015 was like his 2012-2014.

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      • I’m in with your read on it, Paper. Desmond is an okay guy. It’s easy to kick his butt for being greedy. And it is a little hard to see how 7/107 was not fair for his talents..

        But I actually feel kind of bad for him. I hope he has a bounce back year and gets one more decent contract. But the eight-figure stuff is gone.

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        • I think it is human nature to be optimistic when you are a seller with a valuable resource…in this case agents or a player that put up three 4+ WAR seasons in a row. Couple that with the fact that players really have little idea what their market will be as supply and demand in baseball are highly dynamic and they can’t talk to any team but their own until they are a FA…and people’s natural disinclination to believe that their physical peak is actually over when they are 28 or so (which, if you watch a lot of sports, you will note is generally true, a few freaks may be able to maintain it…but people are never as strong, athletic, and injury resistant as they are from 18-28) and you have a recipe for players over pricing themselves.

          One thing that people keep ignoring when looking at FA activity this year on pitchers versus hitters, is that hitters have a definite aging curve, whereas pitchers don’t. Pitchers are essentially good, until they are not, usually due to injury. If you can count on a pitcher to be healthy, there is no reason to think he’ll decline…of course, the first part is a risky thing to think you know.

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