Monday, April 1, 2013
Could Nats look to lock up Desmond?
By Doug Mittler
The possibility of a contract extension for Ian Desmond reportedly was raised earlier this year when the Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year, $3.8 million deal with the shortstop to avoid arbitration.
The 27-year-old Desmond is quickly becoming a top-shelf shortstop, hitting 25 homers last season while improving his defense and earning his first All-Star berth. Speculation on an extension will only increase following reports that the Texas Rangers are closing in on eight-year, $120 extension with their shortstop, Elvis Andrus.
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, however, tweets Desmond and the Nats are not even close to agreeing to an extension, adding “talks have never been serious.”
James Wagner of the Washington Post notes Andrus may have the edge defensively and is three years younger than Desmond, but the new deal will obviously will be a benchmark in future talks, as least from Desmond's side. Desmond is under team control through the end of the 2015 season, so the Nats would be likely be looking for at least a three-year extension to cover a year of free agency.