Center fielder Ian Desmond declined a one-year qualifying offer of $17.2 million from the Texas Rangers on Monday and is free to sign with any team.
Desmond became an All-Star in 2016, his only season with the Rangers, after signing a one-year, $8 million contract Feb. 29 and switching from shortstop to left field. He became the center fielder after Delino DeShields struggled early in the season.
Desmond, 31, is seeking a multiyear contract as a free agent. General manager Jon Daniels said that addressing center field is a priority for the Rangers this off-season, but Desmond isn’t their only option.
Carlos Gomez, another free agent, is on the radar after a strong finish to the season. The Rangers signed him in late August. DeShields remains in the organization and could regain his everyday role.
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The Rangers will receive draft pick compensation if Desmond signs with another team.