It’s been a slow-moving offseason for free agent Ian Desmond, but things appear to be picking up for the 30-year-old shortstop here in the new year.
According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Padres “are having ongoing discussions” with Desmond’s agent. And though no deal appears imminent, Morosi calls Desmond to San Diego “the most logical scenario in the entire industry” because of the Friars’ middle infield needs.
Desmond rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Nationals in November, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. But the Padres’ first-round selection in 2016 (eighth overall) is protected. It would almost be a waste for them not to sign one QO-linked free agent.
Desmond had 19 homers, 62 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 156 games last season for the Nationals, though that came alongside a .674 OPS (80 OPS+). He was a 20-homer, 20-steals guy for three straight years from 2012-2014, averaging a .788 OPS (114 OPS+) during that stretch.