PLAYER SPOT­LIGHT

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST -

Ian Des­mond, Rock­ies

Now would be a great time for Des­mond to pro­duce in line with the mas­sive in­vest­ment in him last off­sea­son. He might be needed at short­stop be­cause of Trevor Story’s poor hit­ting, and his ver­sa­til­ity and slug­ging could help Colorado se­cure its fourth play­off berth in fran­chise his­tory. The price for Des­mond, who was ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list Aug. 28 af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a calf in­jury, was a $70 mil­lion con­tract that also cost Colorado a first-round draft pick.

DENNY MED­LEY, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

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