The Colorado Rockies and Ian Desmond have agreed to a 5 year $70 mil deal. Desmond resurrected his career with the Texas Rangers last year, after the worst year of his career in 2015 - the final year of his contract with the Washington Nationals. Desmond hit .285 with 22 home runs and racked up 88 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016, moving from SS to OF.
He will shift positions again, this time to 1B, and join Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez & David Dahl in the middle of the Rockies lineup. Colorado led the National League in runs scored last year, thanks to DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon setting the table at the top of the order.
Mark Reynolds played 115 games at 1B for the Rockies last year.
Desmond is a career .379 hitter at Coors Field with 3 home runs and 11 doubles in 101 ABs.
The Rockies did not NEED to go and make a splash, signing a big bat, but that lineup on paper is terrifying. They will get Trevor Story back at SS in 2017.
What Colorado does not have is quality pitching, as their rotation owned a 4.79 ERA last year - the fifth worst in the MLB. Right now Jon Gray and Chad Bettis top their rotation that also features Tyler Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, and Jeff Hoffman.
The Rangers re-signed Carlos Gomez who will take over for Ian Desmond in CF and hit leadoff.