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20 Ian Desmond SS
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 9/20/1985 | Birthplace: Sarasota, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $3,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/89 | Average Draft Position: 60.97
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Nationals SS Ian Desmond extends hitting streak to 12 games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the Cubs. The three-hit performance pushes his current hitting streak up to 12 games.

During the 12-game streak, Desmond is batting .347 (17 for 49) with six doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. After getting off to a rather slow start, the hitting streak has lifted his season batting average up from .225 to .257.


Nationals' Ian Desmond belts fourth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1 for 4 at the plate in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Desmond did his damage in the first inning when he blasted a solo home run off of Adam Warren to center field, his fourth of the season. Desmond, who also struck out twice, is now hitting .244 with 12 RBI in 164 at-bats this season.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond knocks first-inning homer in Tuesday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Shortstop Ian Desmond delivered a first-inning home run Tuesday to help get the Nationals past the Yankees.

Desmond also added an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Nationals' Ian Desmond not worried about slow start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has posted a career-low .618 OPS in 2015, but he isn't worried about his slow start, the Washington Post reports.

"I’ve never been someone to set the world on fire early in the season," Desmond said.  "… I feel good. Obviously the numbers aren’t there but I’m a contact hitter. I’ve never been one to walk my way on base. When you’re not getting hits, the numbers aren’t going to be there."

Desmond is just 4 for 24 with eight strikeouts in his last six games.

"For me, in recent days, it’s pitch selection," manager Matt Williams said. "Balls down in the zone that you can’t elevate. That’s why the ball goes on the ground. There was a couple of balls in Arizona that I thought he hit well. … But for Ian, it’s pitch selection. If he stays off the ball that’s up and the ball that’s down, and gets a good one to hit, he has success. That comes quickly, too. A valuable part of our team. He’ll be in there day in and day out, and at some point it’s going to turn. And it’ll turn big for him."

Desmond has hit just .225/.277/.341 with two home runs and seven RBI while producing a career-high groundball rate and a career-low flyball rate.


Nationals' Span sits; Escobar, Desmond move up Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Span has made six straight starts atop the Nationals lineup but will get a breather Sunday. He'll be replaced in center field by Michael Taylor, who is batting eighth.

With Span out, third baseman Yunel Escobar will lead off for the second time this season, while Ian Desmond will jump to the No. 2 spot for just the second time in the last 10 games.

The Nationals are favorites (-160) against the Braves Sunday.


Denard Span, Ian Desmond do top of Nationals lineup proud


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Bryce Harper was the undisputed hero for the Nationals in their Wednesday win over Miami. After all, he slammed three home runs.

But table setters Denard Span and Ian Desmond also played a role. Both slammed two hits and scored twice. Span singled twice while Desmond doubled and singled.

Span's hits pushed him over the .300 mark for the season.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar hits third on Wednesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar hit from the No. 3 position in manager Matt Williams' lineup on Wednesday. It was the first time this season that Escobar hit third in the batting order, as Williams shuffled the order a bit for the matinee matchup against the Marlins.

Escobar continues to hit well in 2015, though he did go hitless in three at-bats on Tuesday.

Shortstop Ian Desmond was moved up to the second spot in the lineup, while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman returned to their normal spots, batting fourth and fifth respectively on Wednesday. 


Nationals second baseman Ian Desmond launches home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Nationals second baseman Ian Desmond went 1 for 4 at the plate in Washington's 6-4 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Desmond did his damage in the eighth inning when he ripped a Bryan Morris pitch over the center field wall for a two-run shot, his second of the year. Desmond is now hitting .236 with seven RBI in 106 at-bats this season.


Nationals SS Ian Desmond has four hits in last two games


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has collected two hits in each of his last two games. Desmond is 4 for 7 during that time.

Before collecting multiple hits during Saturday and Sunday's games, Desmond had gone hitless in the previous seven games. He is now hitting .235 with five RBI and one home run in 102 at-bats this season.


Nationals' Ian Desmond batting sixth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been moved down to the No. 6 slot for his team's matchup with the Marlins.

Desmond opened the season as the team's No. 6 batter but had slotted second for 10 straight games heading into Sunday's action. He has hit .333/.378/.500 in 42 at-bats out of the No. 2 spot this season. With the shortstop hitting lower in the order, third baseman Yunel Escobar will see his first action batting second since April 13.

The Nationals are favorites (-118) in Miami Sunday.


Nats SS Ian Desmond extends hitting streak to 10 games


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Shortshop Ian Desmond doubled in the Nationals' loss to the Marlins on Friday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

He's hitting .340 (17 for 50) during the streak.

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond struggling with his defense


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond couldn't get things figured out on defense in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Phillies. Desmond was charged with an error after mishandling a throw from Dan Uggla in the third inning, allowing a run to score.

"Both times Desmond didn't get a grip on the baseball. It's one of those things," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "He is going to be back out there tomorrow playing short for us and helping us win a game."

Desmond now has eight errors on the year.

"Brutal," Desmond said. "But I've done it before and I'm going to work my way out of it. … If this is the biggest problem in my life, I guess I'm doing all right. At the end of the year, I will look back at this and know that I made my way through it."


Matt Williams: Ian Desmond's timing is a little off to start season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that Ian Desmond's timing is a little off, which is why he has struggled at the plate to start the season, per MASN. Through the first two games, Desmond has gone 0 for 7 with two strikeouts and no walks.

It's the first time he has been held without a hit to start the season since 2011, when he started the year 0 for 11. He'll face Matt Harvey on Thursday. Desmond is hitting .333 (3 for 9) with a home run, an RBI and three walks in his career against Harvey.

"I think the first two games anyway, his timing is a touch off, he looks a touch late to me, so he's working hard on making sure he is on time," Williams said. "When it's on time it's special, it's powerful. He can do a lot of things on the baseball field, (but) like anybody, if he's not on time then you can struggle a little bit. And the guys that we've seen - Bartolo (Colon), great movement, great late movement. (Jacob) deGrom last night with a real good fastball and an even better one coming today from Matt (Harvey). On time is really important. He's working hard on that. He'll figure it out quickly."


Nationals' Ian Desmond not worried about contract year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Shortstop Ian Desmond turned down the chance to sign a long-term contract extension with the Nationals before the 2014 season. He turned down a seven-year, $107 million offer, opting instead to sign with the team for two years and $17.5 million.

That contract ends after the upcoming season, and Desmond, the team's lone remaining player from when it played in Montreal, is likely playing his last year with the Nationals. 

Desmond isn't losing any sleep over his contract situation. 

"I’m going to enjoy this ride,” he told Tom Schad of the Washington Times. “And you know what, if it’s my last year here, it’s my last year here. But I’m going to enjoy every single day. I’ve got a lot of friends and family in this organization. I’m going to make sure I don’t slight them in any way by throwing in any other distractions. I owe it to everybody here to give my 100 percent concentration, and that’s what I’m going to do."

Desmond hit .255 for the Nationals last year, with 24 home runs and 91 RBI.


Report: Nationals, Ian Desmond have not talked extension


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Shortstop Ian Desmond and the Nationals did not engage in contract talks during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

Due $11 million this year, Desmond will command a lot of money in the open market after the 2015 season.

In 2014, Desmond hit .225 with 24 home runs and 91 RBI.


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.