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Rockies And Ian Desmond Agree To 5-Year Deal

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 07: Ian Desmond #20 of the Texas Rangers singles home a run in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of the American League Divison Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 7, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 07: Ian Desmond #20 of the Texas Rangers singles home a run in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of the American League Divison Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 7, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Ian Desmond is the latest free agent to find a new place to call home in 2017, and Coors Field is his new destination. The 31-year-old agreed to a five year with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday morning, reportedly worth $70 million.

As part of the agreement however, is that Desmond will first base with Rockies, a position that he has never played at either the Minor League or Major League level before. But, Desmond has shown his versatility before, switching from shortstop with the Washington Nationals, a position he played for six seasons to center field with the Texas Rangers, up until this past season.

Desmond had a good season in 2016, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs, helping the Rangers progress in the post-season. He is a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and an All-Star and although his performance in Texas wasn’t as high as it was with the Nationals, doesn’t mean that he is fading off.

Coors Field is a hitter friendly ballpark, and for a player like Desmond who has the potential to hit .300, and a lineup that includes hitters like Nolan Arenado, Colorado seems like a great fit.

The Colorado Rockies will open the 2017 season on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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