Free Agents Desmond, Fowler Can Be Buy-Low Assets To Contenders

We're into February now, less than a week until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, and shortstop Ian Desmond and center fielder Dexter Fowler remain on the free agent market. Desmond, who turned down the Nationals' qualifying offer, previously passed on a seven-year, $107 million contract extension with the Nats prior to the 2014 season. Fowler, on the other hand...
Via The Sports Quotient
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The Risk of Signing Ian Desmond

A year ago today, things were looking pretty good in Ian Desmond‘s world. He was 29 years old and the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals, heavy favorites to win the National League East. A few months earlier, Desmonds completed his third straight season of at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Defensive metrics indicated he was roughly average to above average...
Via Fangraphs
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Padres eyeing Ian Desmond

The San Diego Padres have been rather quiet since trading relievers Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel at the start of the offseason. They have made several other trades, but those were depth moves. Depth is important (and often undervalued by fans) but the roster is still largely incomplete. Perhaps the biggest area of need for them is at short, which is why it makes a lot of sense...
Via The Outside Corner
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Padres in talks with Ian Desmond

    Padres general manager A.J. Preller learned his lesson last offseason when he shopped ’til he dropped on the free agent market. Ironically, he then witnessed the team actually drop (in the standings) as their mismatched roster of big-name talent largely failed to come together. Now he appears to be targeting more cost-effective, slightly lower-tier contributors, namely...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Could the Washington Nationals trade for a shortstop?

I recently said that the Washington Nationals should not consider making a major trade at this year’s deadline. However, a recent rumor regarding General Manager Mike Rizzo’s potential plans may have changed my mind. The Nationals may need a shortstop. Not a shortstop who would immediately replace Ian Desmond, but someone who could replace him if he decides to leave the organization...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Ian Desmond makes Rockies pay

Disrespected! Up above, Ian Desmond makes the Rockies pay for intentionally walking Bryce Harper ahead of him to load the bases in the sixth inning. Desmond's bases-clearing double gave the Nats a 5-2 lead in an eventual 7-3 win. Apparently Rockies manager Walt Weiss didn't read the scouting report: Desi!! @IanDesmond20, who is now 6-for-6 with the bases loaded this season,...
Via Nationals Enquirer
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Grading the first half of the season

Throughout the first third of the 2014 season the Washington Nationals have experienced a variety of highs and lows while managing to stay in the thick of the NL East race. Currently, the Nationals are tied with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins for the division lead. Given the surplus of injuries and inconsistency of their starting pitching Washington has to be pleased with their...
Via isportsweb.com
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond showers fans with bubble gum and sunflower seeds during rain delay

RT @masnNationals: During the rain delay, @IanDesmond20 treated fans to free bubble gum! #masnNationals pic.twitter.com/1RDp5fkmp7 — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 5, 2014 Nothing better to do during a 1 hour, 48 minute rain delay than throw bubble gum and sunflower seeds to the fans who stuck around... And here's a Vine of the proceedings via @MimiPh:
Via Nationals Enquirer
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Ian Desmond crushes grand slam to center, no bat flip

And so, after a rough start to the home stand, the Nats have won four straight and roll on to Atlanta for the weekend. Up above, the video of Ian Desmond destroying a baseball to center for a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th on Thursday, turning a 3-1 game into a 7-1 laugher and a sweep of the Marlins. Hey, at least Mike Redmond didn't intentionally walk Bryce Harper to pitch...
Via Nationals Enquirer
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond got into the Montreal Expos nostalgia tonight

So there was baseball in Montreal on Friday night, albeit exhibition baseball between the Mets and Blue Jays, and lots of nostalgic talk of the Expos making the rounds. And so, it only makes sense that Ian Desmond (drafted by Montreal in 2004) got into the spirit (photo via @IanDesmond20) All these expos hats got me goin down memory lane. #OG pic.twitter.com/64prGWanmn ...
Via Nationals Enquirer
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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