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Rangers sign shortstop Ian Desmond to one-year deal

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $8 million with former All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond, pending a physical, according to multiple reports on Sunday.

Desmond, 30, played the past seven seasons with the Washington Nationals before he decided to test free agency and is a three-time winner of the Silver Slugger award as the top hitting shortstop in the National League.

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According to media reports, the Rangers must surrender a first-round draft pick (19th overall) to Washington for signing Desmond with the Nationals having extended him a $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Desmond, an All-Star in 2012, hit .233 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Nationals last season. He had a .290 on-base percentage and a .384 slugging percentage.

Used almost exclusively as a shortstop in the majors, Desmond has a .264 career average with 110 homers and 432 RBIs in 927 games.

However, he is expected to be employed as an outfielder by the Rangers with left fielder Josh Hamilton likely to start the 2016 season on the disabled list with a sore left knee.

"He brings a certain kind of energy," Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels told mlb.com about Desmond. "He's got tremendous power.

"It's nice to have a nice right-handed bat in our lineup to balance out the lefties. He'll be an outstanding addition, and it'll be fun to see him when he gets here in a couple of days."

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Rangers sign shortstop Ian Desmond to one-year deal

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.

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23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.

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22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.

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21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?

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19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.

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