The Arizona Diamondbacks added depth to their middle infield with the edition of former Cardinals' infielder Daniel Descalso on a one-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. To make room for this deal, they designated Phil Gosselin for assignment.
Descalso, 30, will earn $1.35 million this year. The deal also includes a $2 million option for 2018 with a buyout for $150,000, bringing the guaranteed value of the deal to $1.5 million.
He put up a line of .264/.349/.424 in 99 games with the Rockies last season. He hit a career-high eight home runs last year, granted the credit of that could be the high altitude in Colorado. He will get plenty of games against the Rockies this year, he is staying in the West.
Descalso is pretty versatile, has the ability to play third base, shortstop, and second base. As well as being a good utility guy for every team he's played on. With the Diamondbacks trading Jean Segura to Seattle and getting Ketel Marte as their infield return, this move makes sense to add depth to the team, at a good money value.
Descalso has played in big games before, if Arizona gets there, he's no stranger to big games. He's played in 2 different World Series, 2011 and 2013 with the Cardinals. Where he won one and lost one, he did only get 16 at-bats in World Series games, but at least he got the opportunity to do so.
This move is great for the team and for Descalso. He gets the chance to play for a young team with the potential to be good. This is a great opportunity for Descalso, as he hopes to make the best of it.