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Ian Desmond | Shortstop | #20

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Rays have interest in Ian Desmond.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first raised the possibility earlier this month of the Rays perhaps having interest in Desmond on a one-year contract. Cotillo hears that the Rays parting with draft pick in order to sign the shortstop would be considered a "huge obstacle" in getting a deal done. He adds that a match between the two sides is "unlikely" at this time. Desmond has failed to generate much interest this winter, so a one-year "pillow" contract might wind up being his best play. Jan 26 - 9:03 PM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times believes the Rays could have interest in Ian Desmond on a one-year deal.

Desmond's market hasn't developed as he had hoped this offseason, so there's a chance he takes a one-year deal to rebuild his value and re-enter the free agent market after the 2016 season. If that's indeed the route Desmond and his reps take, the Rays would be one of many teams interested. Topkin also notes that Tampa Bay would have interest in Justin Upton under similar circumstances.
Jan 17 - 6:10 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears from sources that Ian Desmond and Alexei Ramirez can be considered the front-runners to fill the Padres' vacancy at shortstop.

The Padres have been search of an upgrade over Alexi Amarista all winter. Padres general manager A.J. Preller isn't tipping his hand about where the search is going, but he indicated that a resolution could come soon. "We’ve gotten to a spot where we’ve looked at a lot of options through trades and free agency," said Preller. "Things could come to a head in the next few days to a week." Desmond is attached to draft pick compensation (and would cost the Padres' their second-round pick) while Ramirez isn't.
Jan 13 - 8:56 AM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Padres plan to speak to Ian Desmond this week.

Heyman notes that the talks are very preliminary, the two sides are simply feeling each other out to see if there's a potential fit. The Padres are one of the few spots Desmond could remain an everyday shortstop rather than transitioning to the outfield or a utility role.
Jan 4 - 9:57 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Padres are in ongoing discussions with free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

Per Morosi, the two sides aren't close to a deal as of yet. It's been a long dance, as the Padres have been linked to Desmond in rumors dating back to early November. This past season, the 30-year-old shortstop slashed .233/.290/.384 with 19 homers, 63 RBI and 13 steals in 583 at-bats with the Nationals. The power jumps out in comparison to that of current Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista, who hit just three homers in 324 at-bats last season. Amarista's .544 OPS was the worst mark by any National League player with at least 300 at-bats during the 2015 campaign.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 3 - 9:40 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that some teams are exploring the possibility of Ian Desmond playing the outfield.

Desmond's bat plays well at shortstop, but he'd be less on an asset relative to other outfielders. The 30-year-old had a .674 OPS this past season and was only at .743 in 2014. Still, teams apparently have questions about his defense after his struggles at shortstop this year, so they are also considering him for second base and third base.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 01:13:00 PM

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

Lin cites his character, leadership abilities and versatility as reasons why he may be an attractive target for the Padres this winter. Even though he is coming off a down season offensively and will require draft pick compensation, Desmond should have plenty of suitors in the free agent market.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 11:20:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 01:36:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 09:28:00 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.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 04:08:00 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.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 05:02:00 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.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 05:22:00 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.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 11:53:00 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.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 05:02:00 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.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 11:02:00 PM

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