AP source: Desmond, Rockies agree to $70M, 5-year contract
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, Texas Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond looks on in the dugout before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, in Baltimore. A person familiar with the negotiations says All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, because the agreement had not been announced.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.
The 31-year-old Desmond hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs this year in his lone season with Texas. He was a free agent last offseason and agreed to an $8 million, one-year deal with the Rangers in late February.
The Washington Post reported two years ago that he turned down a $107 million, seven-year offer from the Nationals before spring training in 2014. Desmond then agreed to a $17.5 million, two-year contract with Washington.
Because Desmond turned down the Rangers' $17.2 million qualifying offer, Texas receives an extra selection after the first round of June's amateur draft. The Rockies lose their top draft pick, the 11th selection overall.