MLB Notes: Rangers Get Desmond to Play Left Field

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MLB Notes: Rangers Get Desmond to Play Left Field


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Rangers get Desmond, will put him in outfield

Free agent Ian Desmond has agreed to a one-year deal with Texas that includes a move to the outfield for the one-time All-Star shortstop, who is expected to be in their camp Monday.

Although there was no formal announcement the deal, it was near completion after Desmond passed his physical Sunday, according to a baseball official.

Desmond, 30, will play left field for the Rangers under his one- year, $8 million contract, according to a source.

Desmond turned down the Washington Nationals' $15.8 million offer in November to remain with them. In 2013, he bypassed a seven-year deal from the Nationals reportedly worth $107 million.

Desmond, who has been a regular at shortstop with the Nats the past six seasons, had a down year in 2015. He hit .233 with 19 home runs, 27 doubles and 62 RBIs.

He has started only one of his 927 career games in the outfield. But he is expected to be there for the Rangers, helping fill in for Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton, a five-time All-Star, had two operations on his left knee last year and received a cortisone shot in January. But he experienced soreness and swelling after reporting to camp early and is expected to be on crutches for several more days after having a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection last week. He is expected to be out of the lineup until at least May and is on board with the addition of Desmond.

"I told (team management) I thought it would be a great addition," he said.

Hamilton was asked if he will feel the same way when he is ready to play.

"If you are healthy and hitting, you are going to play," he said. "That's just a fact of baseball. If I'm healthy and hitting, I will play. If Desmond is healthy and hitting, he is going to play. However, it works, I'm good with it."

Hamilton was limited to 50 games last year because of injury. He started only 33 games in left field but was still the Rangers' leader in starts at that position.

Asked if he's still confident that when healthy he can hit, Hamilton said: "100 percent. …

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