The Colorado Rockies will be moving forward without two-time All-Star Ian Desmond. The shortstop/outfielder opted out of the past two seasons due to COVID and now Colorado has declined his $15 million option.
Desmond is now set for free agency and several MLB teams could be in the market for the veteran hitter. Check out the three most likely free-agent destinations for Desmond this offseason.
Ian Desmond Free Agency
1. Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee's pitching staff is one of the best in baseball, but the offense could not keep up in postseason baseball. After getting sent home in four games in the NLDS, the Brewers should be in the market to improve the offense. The team's structure is not far off from a serious World Series run and Ian Desmond could help fill that void. He's a career .263/.315/.427 hitter and averages 20 home runs and 78 RBIs across 162 games. That'd be an upgrade over Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field or Luis Urias at third base. Willy Adames would have the ability to move to third to help the defensive configuration and Milwaukee has more than $60 million in space under the luxury tax.
2. Washington Nationals
Some of Desmond's best offensive years came during his previous tenure with the Washington Nationals and a reunion may not be far off. The team sold off major assets at the trade deadline but Juan Soto's age make it imperative this team turns things around quickly. Not only is Desmond familiar in Washington, but he offers the Nationals flexibility with the apparent holes at shortstop and outfield left by Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber's departures.
3. Seattle Mariners
Seattle ended the season with a fighter's chance at reaching the playoffs. The roster isn't going to see too many major changes but an offensive upgrade is needed for the Mariners to take the next step. Seattle's offense finished just 23rd in runs scored (4.30 per game) and needs a middle of the lineup bat, especially with Kyle Seager on the way out. That could easily be solved with the addition of Desmond, who could see defensive time in the outfield or at first base.
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