Ian Desmond RUMORS & NEWS

  • Union boss supports Desmond after rocky free agency

    Masn "Major League Baseball Players Association chief Tony Clark said it was "disheartening" to watch Ian Desmond's unemployment saga play out this winter and into the start of spring training and suggested the sport's qualifying offer system that contributed to it would be a point of emphasis during..." March 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Desmond deal with #Rangers is one year, $8M.

  • All-Star infielder Ian Desmond signs with Texas Rangers to play left field

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Rangers have signed former All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond to a one-year deal, according to a source. Desmond will play left field for the Rangers. Texas will lose its No. 19 pick in the June first-year players draft with the signing. The club can retain the pick by extending a qualifying..." February 28

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Rangers have contacted Desmond about playing LF. Money an issue for club. Price for Desmond also would include No. 19 pick.

  • Rangers in touch with Desmond about playing LF

    The Score "Ian Desmond remains as the top free agent player available on the open market and with teams having already reported to spring training, the shortstop is still receiving interest, although this time around it's from a club who sees him in a different role. The Texas Rangers have been in contact..." February 27

  • The Nationals are stunned that Ian Desmond is still looking for work

    Fox Sports "Nationals shortstop Danny Espinosa said, “I’m shocked.” Right-hander Max Scherzer said, “Of course I’m surprised.” Right fielder Bryce Harper, the reigning National League MVP, seemed almost speechless. “I don’t think anybody has words for it,” Harper said. “It’s pretty incredible to even..." February 23

  • The Nationals are stunned that Ian Desmond is still looking for work

    Fox Sports "Nationals shortstop Danny Espinosa said, “I’m shocked.” Right-hander Max Scherzer said, “Of course I’m surprised.” Right fielder Bryce Harper, the reigning National League MVP, seemed almost speechless. “I don’t think anybody has words for it,” Harper said. “It’s pretty incredible to even..." February 22

  • Waiting on Reyes suspension shouldn't stop Rockies from pursuing Desmond

    Fox Sports "The Rockies’ first workout for position players is a week from Thursday. Imagine the public-relations turnaround if Ian Desmond and not Jose Reyes was the shortstop who walked through their clubhouse door. Reyes, 32, is almost certain to be suspended under baseball’s new joint domestic-violence..." February 17

  • White Sox Considering Shortstop Ian Desmond

    CBSChicago.com "Two weeks ago, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expressed his comfort with the team’s roster in present form, but admitted he’s still looking for players to add. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the White Sox are among teams considering shortstop Ian Desmond, previously of the..." February 11

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: Rays do have interest in Ian Desmond, but parting with draft pick considered "huge obstacle" in getting deal done.

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Intriguing twist on Ian Desmond's free agent search: Some teams are exploring the possibility of him playing the outfield.

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    Dennis Lin @dennistlin

    Sources: The Padres have expressed interest in free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, who declined the QO today.

  • Padres have expressed interest in Ian Desmond

    The Score "The San Diego Padres cleared some room on their payroll Friday by shipping closer Craig Kimbrel to Boston, and general manager A.J. Preller may use that extra financial flexibility to pursue a long-term solution as shortstop. The Padres have reportedly expressed interest in Ian Desmond, the..." November 14

  • Ian Desmond makes glove switch to add comfort on defense

    CBS Sports "Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond started the season in a terrible defensive rut, at least as playing the field relates to errors as a statistical category. Official scorers charged Desmond with eight errors in the Nationals' first 12 games, an awful if unsustainable pace. In his 14 games..." May 04

  • Nationals' Desmond on 6 errors in 8 games: 'I don't know what to do'

    The Score "Less than two weeks into the season and Ian Desmond's already a quarter of the way through matching his shortstop-leading 24 errors from a year ago. Making matters worse, five of his six errors have led to 10 unearned runs against his 2-6 last-place Washington Nationals. No one mistake,..." April 15

  • Nationals' Ian Desmond: 'Don't know what to do' after six costly errors

    ESPN "Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who has made six errors in eight games, is at a complete loss for his struggles in the field. His latest gaffe led to three unearned runs in the seventh inning of an 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. After misplaying a ground ball by..." April 15

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    At least one team that inquired on #Nationals’ Desmond this week was told he will not be traded. However, rival execs say that…

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Rizzo said recently that he would consider a deal for Desmond “that we can’t refuse,” but added it would have to be “pretty elaborate.”

  • Mets would be foolish to rent Ian Desmond at premium cost

    New York Post "Fred Wilpon, here attending the Major League Baseball owners meetings, said Thursday he supported the actions of his general manager Sandy Alderson and described himself as “optimistic” about the Mets’ 2015 season. He cited the team’s abundance of “horses” and the hope that these pitchers would..." January 16

  • Ian Desmond remains a possibility for Mets, but trade talks with Nationals haven’t advanced

    New York Daily News "As the Mets explore shortstop upgrades, Washington's Ian Desmond remains a possibility, according to major league sources. As of Thursday, no deal was imminent, and discussions between the Mets and Nationals had not gained momentum. But the Mets continued to monitor Desmond, amid expectations..." January 15

  • Source: Desmond, Nats haven't discussed contract

    MLB.com "According to a baseball source, the Nationals haven't had any significant negotiations with shortstop Ian Desmond and his representative regarding a contract extension. Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and Desmond's agent, Doug Rogalski, were at the General Managers Meetings and baseball's..." January 13

  • Nationals, Mets, Rays discussed trade involving Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist

    Hardball Talk "The Rays sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in a trade with the Athletics on Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, however, the Rays discussed a three-way trade involving Zobrist with the Nationals and Mets, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. That deal would have sent Ian Desmond to..." January 12

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: Ian Desmond remains a possibility for #Mariners in trade talks. #Nationals

  • With no progress made on an extension, Ian Desmond says he’s focused on 2015

    Washington Post "When it was time for Ian Desmond to take his turn with the media at NatsFest Saturday afternoon, a little future shortstop in a red Desmond jersey waddled confidently alongside him. Three-year-old Grayson Desmond has been wearing Nationals jerseys his whole life, worn that red cap with the curly W..." December 13

  • Report: Nats, Mariners talking trade involving Ian Desmond

    CSN Washington "With the Nationals facing the possibility of losing a combination of star players after the 2015 season, much of the trade rumors have centered around pitchers Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Tyler Clippard. On Wednesday night, Ian Desmond entered that mix. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox..." December 11

  • Nationals offered Ian Desmond $107 milllion over seven years last offseason

    Washington Post "The Nationals and homegrown, franchise-bedrock shortstop Ian Desmond are expected to resume contract extension talks this winter, one year before Desmond can become a free agent. The sides will reconvene with a nine-figure starting point. The Nationals offered Desmond a contract extension last..." November 13

  • Hardy's extension helps Desmond's cause with Nats

    CSN Washington "One of the biggest storylines for the Nationals this winter will surely be the long-term futures of Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Ian Desmond. All three are under contract through 2015, but after that can hit free agency. Desmond, in particular, has had contract talks with the Nationals..." October 11

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    SS Ian Desmond, who rejected a reported $90 million extension from #Nats last winter, has cleared waivers, along with starter Gio Gonzalez,

  • Nationals rip Giants in series opener behind Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond

    Washington Post "The night had promised so much to the fans who packed into the coolest ballpark in the majors. In the dugouts were the two hottest teams in the National League. On the mound stood an ace beginning to grasp the full extent of his powers. They love their San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, and the..." June 10

  • Report: Ian Desmond turned down contract extension worth about $90 million over the winter

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond turned down a hefty multi-year contract extension over the winter. Heyman’s sources estimate the extension was at least six years in length and between $80 to $90 million in value. The two sides eventually agreed on a..." March 24

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Nationals sign Ian Desmond to two-year, $17.5M contract.

  • How much is Ian Desmond worth?

    Nats Insider "One of the Nationals’ top priorities over the next couple of months, as previously mentioned here and elsewhere, is to sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term contract extensions. Why now? Because each player is two years away from free agency, and that’s usually the most popular..." January 07

  • Nationals discussing extensions with Jordan Zimmermann, Ian Desmond

    SB Nation "The Washington Nationals are talking to shortstop Ian Desmond and starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann about contract extensions to keep them in the nation's capitol long-term, reports Pete Kerzel of MASN Sports. General manager Mike Rizzo said last month that the team would like to lock in both..." December 26

  • Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond being eyed for extensions by Nationals

    SB Nation "Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the the team would like to sign both starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond to long-term deals and has had discussions with both. "We certainly have an interest in getting it done, but I don't know if we'll get it done..." November 23

  • MLB announces 2013 Silver Slugger winners

    MLB.com "All year long, they went deep and they found the gaps, and baseball's best batsmen of 2013 connected one more time on Wednesday night, collecting The Silver Slugger Awards for their offensive performances this season. With the Yankees' Robinson Cano picking up a fourth consecutive silver bat..." November 07

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    Amanda Comak @acomak

    Davey said Ian Desmond is dealing with a little tight hamstring though he was unsure which one. He may not play both games today.

  • Ian Desmond comes to play

    Washington Post "Last year one major league manager held court with a couple of reporters in a dugout. The informal conversation veered toward how hard players ran the bases. The manager made the point that no one really runs out every ground ball. It wasn’t a get-off-my-lawn complain just an observation about the..." August 13

  • Nats tried to sign SS Desmond long-term this spring & will try again

    CBS Sports "The Nationals made a run this spring at trying to lock up star shortstop Ian Desmond but didn't reach an agreement Nats-connected sources said. While nothing appears imminent at the moment with talks apparently stopping once the season began the Nats still hope to keep Desmond who's had a very..." July 28

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    Amanda Comak @acomak

    Ian Desmond is playing today. #Nats announce a lineup switch.

  • Ian Desmond’s star on the rise for Nationals

    Washington Times "Walt Weiss is a rookie big league manager, so it wasn’t until last week when the Washington Nationals came through Denver that Colorado’s skipper got his first chance to see Ian Desmond in person. He’d seen the Nationals’ shortstop on television, and he’d studied him in his preparation for the..." June 22

  • After early miscues, Ian Desmond steadies his defense

    Washington Post "Early this season, one of the Nationals’ most glaring weakness was their defense. One part of the Nationals’ shakiness was the major league worst seven errors committed by shortstop Ian Desmond within the 18 games of the season. At the time, Desmond and Manager Davey Johnson expressed confidence..." May 27

  • Ian Desmond on his more aggressive hitting approach this season

    Washington Post "Over the winter, Ian Desmond reflected on his career season. After years of tinkering with this swing and trying to hit the ball the other way, he had finally felt comfortable in his own skin at the plate. He smashed 25 homes runs, posted a triple slash line of .292/.335/.511, became an all-star..." March 12

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