The Rockies have signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70M contract.
Due strange baseball rules that still exist, because the Rockies picked up Desmond after he rejected the Rangers’ qualifying offer, Colorado will forfeit their 11th overall pick in the 2017 first year draft. Desmond is an offensive Swiss Army Knife and can basically play anywhere in the field you put him. He’ll be filling the first base gap the Rockies’ infield has, with the potential of some outfield action (where he flashed the leather for Texas). Desmond put up a slash of .285/.335/.446 for 2016 with 22 home runs.
Here’s what else is going on in the National League West:
The Diamondbacks were awfully quiet during this year’s Winter Meetings. Or were they? Read AZ Snake Pit’s recap of the meetings for Arizona and decide for yourself.
The Giants have traded RHP Chris Heston to the Mariners for a player to be named later.
The Padres have acquired RHP Miguel Diaz via a trade during the Rule 5 Draft.
Kenley Jansen is the biggest closer currently on the market. Who are his two most fierce suitors? The Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins. But don’t expect this deal to be made any time soon—Jansen is getting married this weekend, so I think he has other things on his mind. And a Justin Turner deal? Well he’s at the wedding too, so don’t hold your breathe. Also...guess our invite just got lost in the mail?
Since the Rockies gave up that 11th pick...maybe it’s time to look at the value associated with it, or lack thereof.