It's the second week of MLB spring training and Ian Desmond still does not have a job. He is, in fact, the final free agent still looking for a contract who turned down a $15.8 qualifying offer after the World Series.
A new suitor, however, has emerged in the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are interested in Desmond, but would like him to play in left field and not at shortstop, where he started for the Nationals for the last six seasons.
The report comes from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who notes the Rangers would have to forfeit the No. 19 overall pick to sign Desmond because of the QO situation. The cost of a draft pick has contributed to Desmond's struggle to find a new team.
The Rangers are looking for outfield help with Josh Hamilton set to begin the season on the disabled list with a knee injury. When Hamilton is healthy again, though, it would be interesting to see where Desmond fits in Texas. They also have Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields, Jr. to play the outfield. DeShields is the least accomplished of the bunch, but did finish seventh in rookie of the year voting last season.
The infield would also be hard for Desmond to crack with Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Adrian Beltre at third. Rougned Odor is slotted for second base and he carried a .781 OPS last year in his Age 21 season.
It is unclear how long of a contract the Rangers are interested in discussing with Desmond, but it seems like getting experience at other positions besides shortstop would only help his case moving forward in his quest for a long-term deal. Desmond has only played 7 1/3 innings in the outfield in the majors and hasn't appeared at the position since 2010. Proving he can play there could increase his value.
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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