Ian Desmond

#20 SS / Washington Nationals / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 lb Age: 30 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • by Heath Cummings | None

      Is there any reason to believe in an Ian Desmond bounceback?

      Ian Desmond had an atrocious first half of 2015 that even a solid second half couldn't fix. He's now a 30 year-old shortstop that has declined over each of the last three seasons. His 2012 OPS of .845 is a distant memory as are likely any hopes of him stealing 20 bases again. There are people that will point to his solid second half (.777 OPS, 12 HR, 8 SB) as a reason to be positive. The fact is that for a majority of players the full season is much more predictive than a season split. When you look at Desmond's trajectory it wouldn't be surprising if he put together a .250 season with 15 HR and 15 SB, but that seems closer to his upside than his floor. If you're going to draft Desmond you might as well punt shortstop, you'll likely get similar production.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Ian Desmond: Declines qualifying offer

      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.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Nationals SS Ian Desmond gets a day off Monday vs. Reds

      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.

    • by CBSSports.com Staff | CBSSports.com

      Nationals' Ian Desmond powers up for 18th homer in losing effort

      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.

    • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

      Ian Desmond drives in four in Nationals' win

      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.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

      Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers twice in Monday's win

      Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 4 at the plate with three RBI to help lead the Nationals to a 8-3 win over the Dodgers on Monday. Desmond hit his 13th home run of the season in the second inning when he smacked a two-run home run off Brett Anderson. He added his 14th home run with a solo shot off J.P. Howell in the eighth. Prior to his three-hit game Monday, Desmond was hitting .267 with one home run and five RBI in his last eight games.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers in third straight game Saturday

      Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered for the third straight day on Saturday. Desmond went 2 for 4 with the two-run shot in the 9-3 win over the Pirates. Desmond has now gone deep in three straight games and four times in his last six contests.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Nationals SS Ian Desmond goes deep in loss on Friday

      Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond continued to crawl out of his season-long slump on Friday. Desmond went 1 for 3 in the 7-5 loss to the Pirates. The one hit was a solo home run in the sixth inning, tying the game at 5-5. The home run was Desmond's 10th of the year and the third in his last five games. He is 8 for 16 with five RBI over those five contests. He still owns a disppointing .218 average on the year, however.

    • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

      Nationals SS Ian Desmond continues to come alive with two hits

      A miserable 3-for-44 slump is becoming more and more a distant memory for Nationals shorstop Ian Desmond, thanks to some fine hitting lately. Desmond was the lone bright light at the plate for his team Thursday in Pittsburgh with two hits, including a single and two-run homer in the ninth. He now has nine home runs on the season, including two in the last four games. He also has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

      Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers in Monday's win

      Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond smacked his eighth home run of the season during Monday's 7-2 win over the Mets. Desmond hit the two-run shot off Alex Torres in the eighth inning. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI. Prior to Monday's game, Desmond was hitting .068 with one triple and one RBI in his last 13 games.

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