It appears as if the Cubs have answered two big questions surrounding Joe Maddon's team this winter.
With so many solid options in the fold to play everyday in the lineup, the Cubs now have one less guy to worry about in the outfield and one more pitcher to add into the late-inning mix.
USA Today reported late Tuesday night the Cubs and Kansas City Royals had a deal in place with pitcher Wade Davis coming to Chicago and Jorge Soler acting as the return piece, though the deal did not become official until Wednesday afternoon.
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OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.
A versatile 31-year-old, Desmond hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs this year in his lone season with Texas, earning his first All-Star trip since 2012. He played shortstop from 2011-15, then was shifted to the outfield by the Rangers. Colorado may move him to first base.
Desmond was a free agent last offseason and agreed to an $8 million, one-year deal with the Rangers in late February after turning down Washington's $15.8 million qualifying offer.
The Washington Post reported in November 2014 he turned down a $107 million, seven-year offer from the Nationals before spring training that year. Desmond agreed to a $17.5 million, two-year contract with Washington, then became a free agent.
With the new deal, he will wind up earning $95.5 million over those seven years.
Because Desmond turned down the Rangers' $17.2 million qualifying offer last month, 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.