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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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Chris Cotillo of 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

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Nationals' 10-3 rout of the Mets on Saturday.

Desmond walked and scored in the second inning, reached on an infield single, stole a base, and scored a run in the fourth inning, smacked a two-run single and stole another base in the fifth inning, and then capped off his night with an RBI double in the eighth. He's hitting just .250/.307/.415 this season but boasts 22 homers and 21 steals. It's his third consecutive 20/20 campaign.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:18:00 PM

Ian Desmond went 0-for-3 but did draw a walk in his return to action Thursday.

Desmond missed one game with lower back tightness, but he just sat out as a precaution. The shortstop should be fine moving forward.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 05:55:00 AM

Ian Desmond (back) is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

Desmond had to exit Tuesday's contest with lower back tightness. He told manager Mike Williams that he was ready to go Wednesday, but with a day game on the docket the manager decided to hold him out. Desmond should return to action Thursday. Danny Espinosa is filling in at shortstop Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Ian Desmond left Tuesday's game versus the Braves with lower back tightness.

Desmond felt it during pre-game warm-ups and his beck never loosened up. While the shortstop thinks he'll play Wednesday, the Nats seem likely to play it safely and sit him with a day game on the schedule.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:26:00 PM

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C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Mike Carp
4Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
4Wilmer Difo
5Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
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S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
7Taylor Hill
8Michael Taylor
9A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
R1Drew Storen
2Craig Stammen
3Matt Thornton
4Jerry Blevins
5Aaron Barrett
6Xavier Cedeno
7Blake Treinen
8Erik Davis
9Matt Grace
10Scott McGregor
11Bruce Billings
12Heath Bell
13Mitch Lively
14Evan Meek