With Grapefruit League and Cactus League games about to start this week, the final free agent to turn down a qualifying offer has finally been signed as the Texas Rangers have come to terms with former Washington National Ian Desmond on a one-year deal worth $8 million. It’s a far cry from the $15.8 million offer he rejected back in November, but he now has the chance to prove his worth for one year with Texas in the hopes of a larger payday next offseason. The Rangers are not signing him to play his normal position of shortstop, as they already have slick-fielding Elvis Andrus, so the expectation is that Desmond will play left field, with Josh Hamilton already slated to start the year on the disabled list, and has an extensive injury history.

Throughout the offseason, there’s been talk that Desmond could draw interest from clubs at a position other than shortstop, though there were a number of obstacles that seemed to be standing between Desmond and an agreement with the Rangers. For starters, Texas has repeatedly been said to be averse to adding further payroll, as they’re already looking at what projects to be a club-record payroll north of $145MM. Beyond that, the Rangers will have to surrender the No. 19 overall pick in the 2016 draft in order to sign Desmond. However, if the Rangers make Desmond a qualifying offer next offseason and he turns it down to sign elsewhere, Texas can recoup a first-round pick.

The prospect of losing a draft pick became more palatable to the Rangers over the last week, as they gained a compensatory draft pick once Yovani Gallardo signed with the Orioles, meaning they do still possess one of the top 30 picks in June’s draft.

Desmond endured perhaps his worst full season in the Majors last year, but he did rebound with a .262/.331/.446 second half, during which he homered a dozen times and stole eight bases. He turned down a $100 million extension with the Nationals before the 2014 season, which turned out to be a huge mistake.

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