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Nationals, Ian Desmond avoid arbitration with two-year deal

Jan 17, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

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Shortly after signing Jordan Zimmermann to a two-year contract the Nationals have done the same with shortstop Ian Desmond, avoiding arbitration.

Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Desmond will get $17.5 million for his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility, and can then become a free agent following the 2015 season.

Desmond has established himself as one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball, posting back-to-back 20/20 seasons while hitting a combined .286 with an .812 OPS in 288 games over the past two years.

  1. jwbiii - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Danny Espinosa remains unimpressed.

    • karlkolchak - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Danny Espinosa is unimpressive.

  2. karlkolchak - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Intersting. With Z-nn and Desmond on two year contracts, it looks like the Nats are going ALL IN on the next two seasons and will go into instant rebuilding mode if they don’t make the series by then. Even Strasburg will then be entering his walk year (if not given an extension) and would become a prime trade candidate.

    • David Proctor - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Why are you assuming no extensions get done just because they avoided arbitration? Most extensions get done during Spring Training.

      • karlkolchak - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Normally they are only for one year, that’s why.

    • natstowngreg - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      As I said about the Zimmermann deal, I hope this is an interim deal with Desmond, leading to a longer-term extension.

      Rizzo has a full plate right now, with a lot of arbitration-eligible players. It would nice if he got extensions with them sooner than later, but there’s no emergency to do that, much less to trade them. Both are core, long-term members of the Nats’ core, and I’m sure trading them is the last thing on Rizzo’s mind.

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