Ian Desmond is a hot commodity this off-season, and it is all thanks to his impressive bounce back season with the Texas Rangers after struggling in his last year in Washington. He signed a one-year deal with the Rangers last off-season, as his market value went down and that he had to go out to prove to other teams and the Rangers that he can still perform at a high level, which he did this past year, as a centerfielder and made the American League All-Star team. Desmond made the shift to the outfield full-time in Texas after spending the past seven MLB seasons at the shortstop position.
Now, the Sarasota native played in 156 games in a Rangers uniform and it was impressive by the way he adjusted to American League pitching. He had a slash line of .285/.335/.446 in 625 at-bats while belting 22 home runs and driving in 86 RBIs, plus swiping 21 bags from the opposition. He also improved his WAR from the 2015 season (2.0) to produce a 2.7 WAR in 2016, which is his highest since the 2014 season, where he produced a 3.9.
However, Desmond is a better defender in the outfield, but he still makes errors like he did at the shortstop position, but at a lower rate. He committed 12 errors in the outfield this past season, which to be fair, he did just play a full season in the outfield when he is used to playing in the infield. It was a smart move by Desmond to change positions, as he has committed 147 errors in the MLB at the shortstop position and errors kill player’s market value, and especially at the shortstop position.
Furthermore, Ian Desmond could stay within the American League West by signing with the Seattle Mariners, which would shake up the rivalry and division. If he puts the pen to paper with the Seattle Mariners it would be unbelievable, as the Mariners would be filled top to bottom in their lineup making it tough on the opposition to pitch to them.
Finally, if the 31-year-old outfielder magically signs with the Mariners, he would fit the two hole to perfection in Seattle, as they lack a two-hole hitter. The lineup gets stronger and more protection up and down the order. Also, Desmond would most likely move to left field, which would increase his defensive value. He would move over there, as Leonys Martin is a better fit in center with his speed and defensive abilities. This would leave Desmond to kick Ben Gamel out of the projected lineup that would allow the Mariners to slide Seth Smith to right field.