Rockies And Ian Desmond Agree To 5-Year Deal
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.