Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that shortstop Ian Desmond has rejected the Nationals’ qualifying offer of $15.8 million. He’ll now hit the market with an unprotected draft pick attached to him and owing to the Nationals from whoever signs him.
Desmond is not coming off a good year, having hit .233/.290/.334 with 19 homers in 641 plate appearances. But that durability — he has played at least 154 games in five of his last six seasons — and the fact that the shortstop market is very thin these days means that he should get some offers for multi-year deals. It’s doubtful he’ll get anything approaching $15.8 million a year on those offers, but he’s definitely in a “maximize security, not salary” stage of his career, all things considered.