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Report: Nats “actively shopping” shortstop Ian Desmond

Jul 24, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

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Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post heard from sources Saturday that the Nationals aren’t planning to move Ian Desmond at this year’s trade deadline.

It turns out that might not be completely correct.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Nationals have been “actively shopping” the 25-year-old middle infielder and he’s already drawn serious interest from the Giants and Red Sox. Passan also mentions the Rays as a possible fit.

Desmond, a third-round pick back in 2004, has hit just .228/.276/.313 with three homers and 26 RBI in 378 plate appearances this season. He had a .269/.308/.392 slash line, 10 home runs and 65 RBI in 2010.

The Nats are optimistic that Desmond is better than his rate of production, but they have a shortstop on the way in 22-year-old Stephen Lombardozzi, who has registered an .859 OPS, three home runs and 17 RBI in 31 games since his late-June promotion to Triple-A Syracuse.

  1. seattlej - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    That OBP should be .276, not .376.

    • Drew Silva - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM


  2. hittfamily - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    The Rays already have a crappy young SS who was good last year. No deal.

    Aren’t trading, are trading. This is ridiculous. Twitter was the worst thing to happen to awful reporters who pull rumors out of the local sports bar.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da the rumor mill confusion goes on and on. All we know for sure is that someone named Desmond had a barrow in the market place and that Mary was a singer in a band.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      Actually, Molly sang in the band…

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM

      …..Mary was busy speaking words of wisdom.

  4. spudchukar - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    I hear the are Cards actively negotiating with the White Sox, Rasmus for Thornton or Jackson et al, but I would still prefer a deal with the Nats for Desmond and Clippard, although if Descalso continues to dazzle at SS, the need there could be lessened.

  5. entersandman42ny - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Desmond plays bad defense and has hit consistently since joining the Nationals. He has shown flashes of talent, but if the Nats have a shortstop in the waiting, they should try to trade this guy for a quality veteran who can help them win next year. I don’t why the Red Sox would be interested in this guy when Jed Lowrie is better offensively and defensively and they have Jose Iglesias in the minors.

  6. woodenulykteneau - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Lombardozzi is a second baseman, not a shortstop. Yes, he has played a handful of games there, but he lacks the arm strength to stay there long term.

    In the event of a trade, the most likely scenario is for Danny Espinosa, who played SS exclusively in the minors until late last year, to slide back to his original (best) position.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      I’ve wondered, what will the Nats do with Lombardozzi? The more I think about the idea of trading Desmond, moving Espinosa to short, and bringing up Lombardozzi to play second, the more sense it makes.

      Not to criticize Desmond too much. His defense needs work but it’s getting better, and he’s young. But Espinosa has shown he can produce runs, and a SS who can produce runs and catch ground balls is pretty valuable.

      As to whether SS is Espinosa’s best position, not sure about that. I watch him play 2B and see Gold Gloves in his future.

      As for the writers’ discrepancies, they both may be right. Such is the rumor mill the week before the trade deadline.

      • woodenulykteneau - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:03 PM

        If you’ve seen him play SS in person and not on TV, you’d understand.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        I’ve seen him play in person numerous times, and stand by my comments.

  7. woodenulykteneau - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    If you saw Ian Desmond play SS five years ago, then you’d know he’s not improved all that much.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      Sorry, your weak efforts to trash Desmond aren’t working.

      He’s not on a pace to make 40+ errors this season — not even the 34 he made last season. His fielding pct. is up 17 points. His other defensive metrics are improved as well.

      Desmond is what he is — a young, improving defensive SS who isn’t showing the bat he showed when he first came up.

  8. woodenulykteneau - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    The early comparisons to Derek Jeter were spot-on in that Desmond has apologists that are legion, unable to recognize the difference between what is and what will never be.

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