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Ian Desmond Signs with Texas Rangers

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond (20) looks at his bat before hitting a home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, in Washington, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Free-agent MLB shortstop Ian Desmond has agreed to a contract with the Texas Rangers.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the news on Sunday, which the Rangers confirmed on Monday morning.

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It's official! @IDesmond20 has signed a 1-yr contract and will be in uniform (#20) today in Surprise. #LetsGoRangers

On Friday, Rosenthal reported the Rangers contacted Desmond about potentially playing left field, adding that money was "an issue" for the team. Rosenthal added the price for Desmond "would include [the] No. 19 pick."

Desmond had a bit of a down year at the dish with a career-low .233 batting average in 2015, but he has missed only 18 regular-season games over the past three seasons and plays a key position in the infield. 

Desmond made a whopping 27 errors and has had at least 20 in four of the past five seasons. That has to be at least part of the reason the 30-year-old was signed so late in the offseason.

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