According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, at least one team that inquired about Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was told the club will not trade him. Rosenthal adds that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo would consider a deal for Desmond “we can’t refuse” and that it would have to be “pretty elaborate”.
The Nationals recently acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Athletics in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard, heightening speculation that Desmond could be moved. For now, Escobar will play at second base while Danny Espinosa slides back to the bench.
Desmond, 29, can become a free agent after the season. In 2014, he batted .255/.313/.430 with 24 home runs, 91 RBI, and 24 stolen bases. He is the only player in baseball with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in each of the last three seasons.