Desmond declined the qualifying offer from the Nationals and will remain a free agent, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. The move comes as little surprise, despite a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he hit just .233 and committed an NL-worst 27 errors. He has plenty of power at a position mostly lacking home run hitters and just turned 30 in September, so he should command a multi-year deal in free agency.
Desmond was given a qualifying offer by the Nationals on Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. Desmond had a mostly disappointing season, slashing just .233/.290/.384 with his lowest home run output since 2011 and an NL-worst 27 errors in the field. Still, at a position lacking many strong offensive options, Desmond is usually good for about 20 homers, so he should draw some interest should he turn down the qualifying offer.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond isn't in the lineup Monday against the Reds, William Ladson of MLB.com reports. Desmond collected three hits, a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Phillies, but he will get a day off Monday following six straight starts at shortstop. Top prospect Trea Turner will start in his place at shortstop Monday, batting second for the Nationals.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Thursday. Desmond had just five hits in his previous eight games, so the breakout was nice to see. It's been a tough year for the talented shortstop, as he sits with a .236 average in 142 games played this season. The positive for Desmond is that he is still providing solid counting stats, as he has 18 homers and 12 steals to go along with 57 RBI and 66 runs scored this year, which all rank in the top-15 for shortstops.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 6 with a double, a run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over Colorado. Desmond is 7 for 17 over his last four games. His RBI total was a season high. Desmond has 13 RBI in the month of August and matched his RBI total for the last eight games.