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Ian Desmond | Shortstop

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.
All three hits were singles. Desmond now has six hits in his last nine at-bats and has pulled his batting average up from .211 to .298. While he's swinging a hot bat right now, he continues to struggle miserably in the field. He committed his eighth error of the season Saturday and had another misplay on a potential double play ball. Apr 18 - 4:42 PM

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Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with two runs scored Friday against the Phillies.

All three hits were singles. Desmond has eight hits in 16 at-bats over the past four games, so he's starting to come around with the bat. As for the glove, not so good. He committed his seventh error of the season on Friday.
Apr 17 - 10:11 PM

Ian Desmond cranked his first home run of the season Wednesday in the Nationals' defeat of the Red Sox.

It was a third-inning solo shot off Red Sox starter Wade Miley that opened a six-run frame for the visiting Nats. Desmond is off to a somewhat sluggish start in his contract year, batting just .206/.270/.382 in 34 at-bats after Wednesday's 1-for-4 performance.
Apr 15 - 4:54 PM

The Nationals and Ian Desmond's representatives haven't talked about an extension at all this offseason, a source tells William Ladson of MLB.com.

At this point it appears Desmond is already out the door following the season. Legend has it Desmond turned down a seven-year, $107 million extension offer from the Nationals last winter, so perhaps the team has already come to grips with the idea that he'll be out the door. It's an unfortunate development for the team but a good one for fantasy owners, as the 29-year-old will be motivated to post strong offensive numbers in a walk year.
Feb 21 - 5:58 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by a team that inquired on Ian Desmond this past week that the shortstop "will not be traded."

Desmond was reportedly nearly dealt to the Mets earlier this month and many have speculated that he could be on the move following the acquisition of Yunel Escobar. However, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said recently that he would only consider trading Desmond for an offer "that we can’t refuse," and it would have to be "pretty elaborate." Desmond will make $11 million in 2015 before hitting free agency next winter.
Jan 18 - 1:27 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Ian Desmond "remains a possibility" for the Mariners.

The Nationals don't seem optimistic about signing Desmond to a long-term extension, so they might decide to get something for him now even though he'd be a big part of a contending team in 2015. The Mariners are reportedly close to trading for a hitter, and it's possible Desmond might be their guy. The shortstop will make $11 million in 2015 before hitting free agency next winter.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:41:00 PM

The Nationals and Ian Desmond haven't made any progress on a contract extension, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

In fact, Janes says the two sides haven't talked lately about a possible extension. Desmond is a free agent following the 2015 season and turned down a seven-year, $107 million offer from the club last winter. As a result of the impasse, the Nationals have been in talks with other teams in regards to the 29-year-old shortstop. Desmond will likely play out the season with the Nats, but it seems as though his tenure with the team may not last beyond October at the latest.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 04:12:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM hears that the Mariners and Nationals are still discussing an Ian Desmond trade.

Bowden notes, however, that the M's are not willing to include Taijuan Walker or James Paxton in a return package. Desmond is due to become a free agent after the 2015 season and the Nats probably feel like they're not going to be able to afford to lock him up, so a trade this offseason is a real possibility. The 29-year-old shortstop has rattled off three straight 20-homer, 20-steal seasons.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 02:26:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Mariners and Nationals have discussed Ian Desmond on multiple occasions.

Rosenthal also notes that nothing appears imminent and that the Nats like Mariners shortstop Brad Miller. The Nationals are likely willing to deal Desmond before his walk year after the 29-year-old turned down a seven-year, $107 million extension offer last winter. The club is reportedly very active at the Winter Meetings, so while a Desmond deal may not happen it seems like something might give soon.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:18:00 PM

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Ian Desmond turned down a seven-year, $107 million contract extension from the Nationals last offseason.

It seems like a crazy sum of money to reject, but Desmond is due to make a cool $11 million in 2015 -- his final year of salary arbitration -- and should then hit it big on the free agent market next winter. Or he could wind up signing an extension worth even more than $107 million at some point this year with the Nats. Desmond, 29, has rattled off three straight 20-homer, 20-steal seasons.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 01:18:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged Saturday that Ian Desmond's wife is due to have a baby soon, which could require he miss a game at some point in the postseason.

In the event that Desmond is forced to miss a game, the team certainly has options, as they can shift Asdrubal Cabrera to shortstop and insert Danny Espinosa or Ryan Zimmerman into the lineup.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Ian Desmond had a rough afternoon at the dish as the Nationals dropped the first game of the National League Division Series to the Giants on Friday, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and left five men on base.

The Nationals biggest scoring threat against Giants starter Jake Peavy came in the sixth inning, where the team loaded the bases with two outs before Desmond whiffed against Hunter Strickland to end the inning.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 07:15:00 PM

Ian Desmond hit his 24th home run of the season in Sunday's season finale against the Marlins.

Desmond fell a homer shy of his career best mark, but it was still an extremely productive year for the 29-year-old. Desmond batted .255/.313/.430 with 73 runs scored and a career-high 91 RBI. He also had 24 steals, the third straight season Desmond has been a member of the 20/20 club.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 04:31:00 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the starting lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, and Bryce Harper are also sitting for the nightcap. Danny Espinosa will fill in at shortstop.

Ian Desmond's sixth-inning two-run home run was all of the offense the Nationals needed to clinch the NL East division in a win against the Braves on Tuesday.

Desmond finished 2-for-4 with a double as well, but it was his two-run shot in the sixth inning off of Aaron Harang that broke a scoreless tie and helped send the Nationals to their second division title in three seasons. Desmond had been in a bit of an offensive funk, as he hadn't homered since August 29, but he's still sitting on 23 with 88 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and a .252/.308/.423 slash line.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 09:54:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Rafael Martin
9Felipe Rivero
10Erik Davis