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20 Ian Desmond SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 9/20/1985 | Birthplace: Sarasota, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/95
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Report: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will not be traded


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will reportedly not be traded and remain with the team for the time being, according to FOXSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo reportedly told another executive this week Desmond will not be traded, but the team would consider a deal "that we can't refuse." Rizzo also said the deal would have to be "pretty elaborate," according to Rosenthal.

Desmond hit .225 in 2014 with 24 home runs and 91 RBI for the Nationals.


Nationals GM Mike Rizzo: Ian Desmond 'is our shortstop'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) While it doesn't appear the Nationals have made progress on a long-term deal with shortstop Ian Desmond, it appears he will be the team's starting shortstop in 2015. General manager Mike Rizzo made that point when talking to the media Thursday after the acquisition of infielder Yunel Escobar, who will be the team's starting second baseman.

"Ian Desmond is our shortstop," Rizzo said. "He’s the leader of our team. He’s one of the best shortstops in all of baseball."

FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week Desmond was part of a failed three-team trade between the Nationals, Mets and Rays. Rizzo said a trade offer would "have to be pretty elaborate not to have Ian Desmond on this team," per CSNwashington.com.

Desmond remains a trade possibility for the Mets, major-league sources told the New York Daily News. As of Thursday, no deal was imminent, and talks between the two sides have not gained traction. However, the Mets continue to monitor Desmond's situation amid expectations they will talk to the Nationals again.

The 29-year-old shortstop is entering the final year of his contract.


Report: Nationals, Ian Desmond haven't made progress on deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The Nationals have not made progress on an extension with shortstop Ian Desmond, according to MLB.com.

The 29-year-old Desmond is set to become a free-agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season, and the Nationals have shown interest in locking him up on a long-term deal. The team reportedly offered Desmond a seven-year contract last season, but he balked at the terms. Desmond's agent and general manager Mike Rizzo were both at the winter meetings last month, but no progress was made on an extension.

Desmond is coming off a season in which he hit .255/.313/.430 over 593 at-bats. 


Report: Zobrist, Desmond were part of failed Mets-Rays-Nationals trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) A three-team trade involving the Mets, Nationals and Rays, which included players Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist, had been discussed recently, but fell through after the Mets balked at the Rays asking price, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. 

The talks unfolded with the Nationals trading Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, who were eventually traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays would have then dealt Desmond to the Mets, who are looking for an upgrade at shortstop.

Unfortunately, the Mets chose not to pursue the deal after the Rays requested two top prospects from a list of three, which New York considered too much for Desmond, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season. The Rays' list included Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. It is not known who the other two targets were.

The Mets were also engaged with the Rays in a trade for Zobrist, but once again the Rays wanted two top prospects and the Mets did not want to make that deal. Zobrist will also be a free agent after the 2015 season.


Ian Desmond, Nationals not making any progress on extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Nationals and shortstop Ian Desmond have not made any progress thus far this offseason on a contract extension, reports the Washington Post. Desmond reportedly rejected a $107 million extension last offseason and his name was included in multiple trade discussions during the winter meetings.

Desmond wouldn't indicate if he would be willing to negotiate for a new deal in-season, saying, "we're not at that point yet."

"Look, this isn't my first day on the job. I understand what's going on," Desmond said. "I wouldn't respect Mike (Rizzo) the way I do, like I said, if he just sat on his hands and did nothing. That's not how this organization got here, and it's not how it's going to continue to move forward. Hopefully I'm a part of it, but if not, I'm still going to be rooting for them."

Desmond is expected to make $11 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016. He slashed .255/.313/.430 with 91 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 593 at-bats in 2014. He also led all shortstops with 24 home runs on the year.


Report: Nationals, Mariners discuss SS Ian Desmond


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Nationals and Mariners have discussed shortstop Ian Desmond in trade discussions on "multiple occasions," FOXSports.com reports.

The Nationals have interest in Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, according to the report, but the talks have yet to turn serious. Desmond hit .255/.313/.430 with 24 home runs, 91 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 593 at-bats in 2014.


Report: Nats' Desmond rejected $107M extension last offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond rejected a seven-year, $107 million contract extension last offseason, multiple sources told The Washington Post.

The deal would have included the two-year, $17.5 million deal Desmond signed in January to avoid arbitration, meaning Desmond would have made $89.5 million over five would-be free agent seasons. The contract would have also included deferred money, decreasing its true value.

One industry source told The Post that Desmond would receive far more than $90 million over five seasons, if he became a free agent after 2015 with one more average campaign. In April 2013, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus signed an eight-year, $120 million contract extension.

Desmond is expected to resume contract talks with the Nationals this offseason.

"There have been a lot of people that have come through this game that have sacrificed a lot for us, the players that are coming through now," Desmond said in March. "I don’t want to sign a deal -- and this isn’t to say they’ve offered me this -- but I don’t want to sign a deal that is so bad that a future shortstop gets screwed because I signed a terrible deal. I’m not going to be that guy, that kink in the chain. I’m going to get a fair deal, or I’m just going to wait."


Nationals' Ian Desmond could miss playoff game for birth of child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that shortstop Ian Desmond could miss an upcoming playoff game to attend the birth of his child, according to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Desmond has just one hit in his first 10 postseason at-bats.

"Well, there's a chance," Williams said. "With those things you certainly never know. But there are off-days, as well. She's very close and Desi's keeping us well-informed of the events that are going on. We don't know, though. We'll see how it goes. As it sits right now all indications are that she's perfectly fine and the baby is perfectly fine. They're just waiting the arrival. We'll see how all that plays out."

Nationals rest several regulars


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) For their Sunday matchup at the Marlins, the Nationals left Ian Desmond, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos out of their starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, who made his return from a two-month hiatus due to a hamstring injury on Saturday, was also not in Sunday's lineup.

Ian Desmond dominates in defeat of Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Shortstop Ian Desmond was pretty much the entire offense for the Nationals in their shutout win Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Desmond slammed a two-run homer in the sixth to break a scoreless tie, then doubled in the ninth and tallied on a wild pitch as he had his hand in all of his team's runs. He improved his stat line to .252/.308/.423 in the process.


Ian Desmond ready to roll again Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has returned to the lineup for the Thursday game against the host Mets.

Desmond was sidelined Wednesday with a back issue. He comes back on a five-game hitting streak.


Starters on left side of infield out Wednesday for Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The Nationals lineup Wednesday against Atlanta is sans shortstop Ian Desmond and third baseman Anthony Rendon.

The former is out with back tightness that forced him out of the game Tuesday. The latter is simply getting a day off with Kevin Frandsen playing third instead.


Ian Desmond exits game Tuesday with lower back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was removed from Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness, the team announced.

Manager Matt Williams said the injury was "no big deal," leaving Desmond as day to day. He went 1 for 3 with an RBI in his team's win over the Braves. Desmond has hit .248/.303/.415 with 22 home runs, 83 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 544 at-bats.


Ian Desmond belts 21st home run Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond launched his 21st home run of the season Sunday afternoon at home against San Francisco.

Desmond took Ryan Vogelsong deep in the sixth inning for solo home run. He also singled in a run in the eighth inning. He finished the game 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 14-6 victory. He owns a .247/.306/.423 slash line with 21 homers and 79 RBI over 485 at-bats.

Ian Desmond delivers big line Tuesday vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 4 with four RBI and a stolen base in his team's 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Desmond drove home two runs with a single in the third inning and repeated the feat with another single in the sixth. It's the first time he's driven in four runs in a game since June 9. Desmond has hit .251/.307/.425 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He needs five more steals to record his third straight 20-20 season.


Ian Desmond clubs 20th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond clubbed his 20th home run Tuesday.

Desmond struck in the sixth inning. He belted an 81 mph slider out to left for a two-run shot. It was his only hit of the game. Desmond finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. He's now hit at least 20 home runs in his last three seasons. 


Ian Desmond rips five hits in win over Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond cranked out five hits in his team's 7-2 win over the Rockies in Coors Field on Monday.

Desmond singled in the second, launched a two-run home run in the fourth, and singled again in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings, respectively. He finished 5 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Desmond has a hit in each of his last eight games. He owns a .253/.302/.445 slash line with 17 homers and 62 RBI in 371 at-bats this season.


Ian Desmond returns to lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Desmond left Thursday's game with a hand injury after being hit by a pitch and wasn't able to play Friday, but it appears he's good to go moving forward. He has hit .241/.293/.429 with 16 home runs, 55 RBI and nine stolen bases in 345 at-bats.


Nationals hope to have Ian Desmond back Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond could return to action Saturday.

Manager Matt Williams said Desmond's hand is a little sore, but the club expects quick improvement. He added that he's hopeful Desmond will return to the lineup Saturday. Desmond is hitting .241/.293/.429 over 345 at-bats. 


Ian Desmond out of the lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Though X-rays came back negative, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is still out of the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Phillies.

Desmond suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Thursday and had to leave the game. He remains day to day moving forward. 


X-rays come back negative on Ian Desmond's hand


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Hand X-rays came back negative on Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Desmond was removed from Thursday's game after being hit with a pitch. He attempted to remain in the game, but was taken out when a practice throw sailed on him while warming up to take the field. It's unclear how much time Desmond will miss due to the issue.


Ian Desmond exits game with hand injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was forced out of Thursday's game against the Orioles with a hand injury.

Desmond was hit by a pitch in the hand in the eighth inning, tried to stay in the game, but left after taking warmups at short. He was replaced by Danny Espinosa.

Desmond finished 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the sixth inning. He owns a .241/.293/.429 slash line with 16 homers and 55 RBI in 345 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener at Philadelphia.

Report: Nationals looking for long-term Ian Desmond replacement


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Nationals are actively seeking a young shortstop to possibly serve as a successor to Ian Desmond, FOXSports.com reports Tuesday.

The Nationals are possibly planning for life after their All-Star shortstop, who rejected a long-term deal last offseason that reportedly could have been worth up to $98 million over seven years. Desmond instead settled for a two-year deal worth $17.5 million that will make him a free agent after the 2015 season, and the Nationals could be looking for his replacement for that time. 

Desmond has 15 home runs and ranks sixth in the National League in RBI with 53, but has seen his average dip to a career-low .240 mark.  


Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth might get day off on road trip


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams said following Sunday's game against the Braves that shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Jayson Werth could use a day off during the team's upcoming road trip, which starts Monday at Milwaukee, per MLB.com.

Werth is batting .216 in June and is mired in a 4-for-37 slump in his last 10 games, while Desmond is batting .233 in June and is mired in a 6-for-34 slump.

"It’s a long road trip, a very tough couple of games against the Astros and all the expectations of this series [against the Braves]. Guys get mentally tired. So to answer your question, [Desmond] needs a day," Williams said. "We need to look long and hard about Jayson. We’ll spend a couple of hours on the plane talking about that one."


Ian Desmond on pace for career highs in HR, RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is on pace to hit 31 home runs and finish with 108 RBI, which would be career highs for the 28-year-old infielder. 

"I think it's probably just maturing as a hitter and understanding the pitchers more -- being more of a veteran knowing how guys are pitching him, what they're trying to do, understanding himself more as a hitter," Washington hitting coach Rick Schu said, per MLB.com. "He'll hit for power. I see him hitting for average. He strikes out a little bit too much right now. I think he has the ability to be a guy who can hit for average, drive in runs, hit homers -- be a total package. It's just a matter of him maturing. He's going to play in the big leagues for a long time, so he's only going to get better."