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Ian Desmond | Shortstop

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Desmond is "marketing his versatility" in free agency, according to's Anthony DiComo.
Desmond played shortstop almost exclusively in Washington, but he did make a couple of appearances in the outfield early in his career and the 30-year-old is apparently trying to include that on his resume. Desmond had a rough .674 OPS with the Nationals in 2015 and makes for a highly interesting free agent case this winter as somebody who is tied to draft pick compensation. He has averaged 22 home runs and 76 RBI per year over the last four years. Nov 19 - 1:36 PM

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres have expressed interest in free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

Desmond turned down the $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Nationals to hit the open market. Even coming off of a down season offensively, he should be able to secure a lucrative multi-year deal this winter.
Nov 13 - 9:28 PM

SS Ian Desmond has rejected the Nationals' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Desmond had a disappointing walk year, but it was a no-brainer to reject the qualifying offer. The shortstop will be able to get a sizable multi-year-old contract despite a .233/.290/.384 batting line in 2015.
Nov 13 - 4:08 PM

Nationals extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to SS Ian Desmond.

Desmond had a terribly disappointing 2015 campaign, batting .233/.290/.384 with 19 homers. He'll reject the qualifying offer, though, and is still in line for a sizable payday this offseason.
Nov 6 - 5:02 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the lineup for the second game of the Nationals' doubleheader Saturday against the Mets.

He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the first game of the doubleheader. Top prospect Trea Turner is starting at shortstop and hitting leadoff. Desmond's .234 average this season is the lowest of his seven-year career.
Oct 3 - 5:22 PM

Ian Desmond is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Reds.

Trea Turner will start at shortstop and bat second versus Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan. It's just a day of rest for Desmond. Bryce Harper is getting one too.
Sep 28 - 11:53 AM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, but the Nationals suffered a 12-5 loss to the Phillies on Sunday.

Desmond broke a scoreless tie in the second inning, drilling a solo home run to right-center off of Aaron Harang. The soon-to-be free agent has disappointing numbers, as he's hitting .236/.289/.389 with 19 home runs and 62 RBI on the year.
Sep 27 - 5:02 PM

Ian Desmond plated all of the Nationals' runs with a two-run homer and a two-run single Thursday against the Marlins.

Desmond had really cooled off again of late; the homer was his first of September after he hit six in August. He does have 18 homers overall, but with just 12 steals, his streak of three straight 20-20 seasons is likely about to end.
Sep 17 - 11:02 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

Desmond went yard for a solo shot off Marlins starter Adam Conley in the second inning. He later added a single. While his .232/.280/.391 batting line isn't going to impress anybody, he's hit five homers and driven in 16 runs in the month of August.
Aug 28 - 10:22 PM

Ian Desmond finished 3-for-6 with a run scored and four RBI in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Desmond had an RBI single in the third inning, an RBI groundout in the eighth and a two-run double in the ninth. His strong August continues, as he's now hitting .317 (19-for-60) with four homers, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored in the month. The shortstop is hitting .229/.278/.389 overall.
Aug 19 - 1:56 AM

Ian Desmond drilled a pair of home runs and stole a base, helping the Nationals beat the Dodgers on Monday.

Desmond finished 3-for-4. He gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the second inning off of Brett Anderson. In the sixth, he singled, stole second, and later scored in a five-run outburst. He tacked on a solo home run in the eighth to make it 8-0. Desmond has, at times this season, looked like he has put it together, but the numbers aren't where they should be: he's hitting .224/.273/.384 with 14 home runs, 40 RBI, and nine stolen bases.
Aug 11 - 1:13 AM

Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

It's a routine day off. Danny Espinosa is at shortstop in Desmond's place.
Aug 5 - 3:30 PM

Ian Desmond slugged a solo home run Friday against the Pirates.

Desmond took Vance Worley deep to tie things up in the sixth before the Pirates eventually took the lead back. While the Nationals went on to lose the ballgame, it was another encoring sign for Desmond, who has hit safely in five straight games while hitting three home runs.
Jul 24 - 10:52 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Thursday versus the Pirates.

Desmond's homer was the 100th of his career. He's 7-for-13 with two homers and two walks in his last four games. That seems encouraging, but then, he's teased with little runs like that a few times this year and never kept it going.
Jul 23 - 10:28 PM

Ian Desmond went yard for the eighth time this season as the Nationals defeated the Mets on Monday.

Desmond finished 2-for-4 on the evening. His eighth-inning, two-run home run off of Alex Torres was unnecessary, as it padded the Nats' lead to 7-2. But it's his first home run in over three weeks in what has been a dismal season. Desmond is hitting .208/.251/.335 with 26 RBI along with the eight dingers.
Jul 20 - 10:08 PM

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