Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that there has been no progress made on a contract extension between the Nationals and shortstop Ian Desmond. The two sides haven’t discussed an extension lately, potentially a sign that the 2015 season could be Desmond’s last in Washington. Desmond rebuffed a seven-year, $107 million offer from the club last winter.
Desmond, 29, has been baseball’s best shortstop since the start of the 2012 season, according to FanGraphs. He has put together three consecutive 20-homer, 20-steal seasons — the only player in baseball to have done so. Carlos Gomez, Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, and Carlos Gonzalez have two such seasons in the last three years. Obviously, he would is quite important to the Nationals, but there may be nothing more they can do.
The Nationals recently discussed a Desmond trade with the Mariners, and they could continue to shop him throughout the upcoming season before he hits free agency.