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Rangers interested in Ian Desmond as left fielder

Texas has reached out to Desmond's representatives.

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Texas has reached out to Ian Desmond's representatives with interest in adding the veteran shortstop as a left fielder, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Although the Rangers appear to at least be considering the possibility of adding Desmond, there have not been any negotiations to this point, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes.

Despite the fact Desmond has spent the duration of his major league career as a shortstop, there have reportedly been multiple teams interested in having Desmond play other positions.

While the addition of Desmond would likely improve the Rangers' lineup, the organization has said it does not have a desire to add to its payroll before the season begins. The club's 2016 payroll is already expected to exceed $145 million, and since Desmond received and denied a qualifying offer, the Rangers would lose the No. 19 pick if Desmond was signed.

Texas did acquire the No. 30 overall pick when Yovani Gallardo signed with the Orioles, though, so if the club does decide to add Desmond, it would still have a selection in the first round.

Desmond, 30, had one of the worst years of his major league career in 2015 with the Nationals, batting .233/.290/.384 to complement 19 home runs and 62 RBIs. Josh Hamilton will be the Rangers' left fielder in 2016, but it appears he will open the season on the disabled list might not be able to contribute regularly this season. Adding Desmond would give the Rangers necessary insurance.

The possibility of adding Desmond could be intriguing, but the Rangers do have other options. The club signed Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal Friday, and prospects Lewis Brinsona and Nomar Mazara could be ready to be called upon close to the All-Star break.

If the Rangers added Desmond, their payroll almost certainly exceed $160 million. Texas also appears to be operating under the assumption Desmond is open to a position change. He should be open-minded, since there are very few clubs currently in need of shortstop help, but there is no guarantee.

Adding Desmond in left field would improve the Rangers' roster, but Desmond will almost certainly end up finding work as a shortstop elsewhere.