District Daily: Ian Desmond turned down 7-year deal before 2014


Oct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals bench players and coaches react after shortstop

Ian Desmond

(20) was called out on strikes on a check swing against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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Desmond turned down 7-year deal before 2014

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Shortstop Ian Desmond turned down a seven-year, $107 million contract from the Nationals prior to Spring Training earlier this year, a baseball source has confirmed. The Washington Post was first to report the offer.

Desmond and the Nationals then agreed upon a two-year, $17.5 million deal to complete his arbitration years.

Desmond, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season, doesn’t appear to be in a rush to get a contract extension. Washington general manager Mike Rizzo and Desmond’s agent, Doug Rogalski, were at the General Managers meetings in Arizona, but there were no contract negations between the two parties. It’s not known when the two parties will meet again. Desmond is currently enjoying time off with his family in Florida. Read full article here.

Nats, Frandsen agree on one-year deal

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals agreed to terms with infielder Kevin Frandsen on a one-year deal worth $1 million plus incentives, thus avoiding arbitration. The Nats announced the deal on Friday.

Frandsen was a valuable bench player this past season, his first with the Nationals, hitting .259 with a home run and 17 RBIs in 105 games. He was usually the first player manager Matt Williams called on to be a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement. Read full article here.