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“Not likely, but possible” that Nationals sign Ian Desmond to contract extension

Mar 30, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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The Nationals and Ian Desmond‘s representatives discussed a contract extension in January, w hen the two sides agreed to a one-year, $3.8 million contract to avoid arbitration in the shortstop’s first year of eligibility. Via Adam Kilgore:

Publicly, in the past, Desmond and the Nationals have shared a view on a possible contract extension. They are open to the idea, but see no need for urgency. As Desmond said early in spring training: “I have no intention of going anywhere. I don’t think they have any intention of moving me. I don’t see what the urgency is.”

Desmond had a breakout season in 2012, posting a .292/.335/.511 slash line with 25 home runs, making him the best offensive shortstop in baseball last year.

  1. livepredictor - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I projected that The Nationals would surprisingly take the division before last season started because of GIo Ross and Adam..Now, I’d like to go in record here
    (Thanks NBCTalk) and project that they will finish fourth in their division.

  2. jdd428 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Let’s see… they’re bringing back everyone who mattered; they’ve added a speed center fielder/leadoff man in Denard Span; Dan Haren bolsters an already strong rotation; Rafael Soriano is on board to close, putting Storen and Clippard into set-up roles where they’re better suited; Strasburg won’t get shut down as the pennant race heats up and Harper will be a year older and better.

    They’re better than last year. Even in a worst-case scenario, on talent alone they can’t finish worse than third (thanks to the Mets and Marlins) – and that’s only if the Phillies somehow play like it’s five years ago, which I don’t expect. Atlanta is the only legitimate threat to a repeat division title and I like their chances to get beyond last year’s blown NLDS and go deep into October.

  3. southcapitolstreet - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    That is NOT a big-league mustache

  4. 13arod - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    almost same team as last year

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