District Daily: Desmond, Nats haven’t discussed contract


Oct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop

Ian Desmond

(20) rounds third and scores a run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth 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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Source: Desmond, Nats haven’t discussed contract

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — According to a baseball source, the Nationals haven’t had any significant negotiations with shortstop Ian Desmond and his representative regarding a contract extension.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and Desmond’s agent, Doug Rogalski, were at the GM Meetings and baseball’s Winter Meetings late last year, but there were no contract negotiations between the two parties, the source said. The club had no comment. Read full article here.

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On the Washington Nationals’ offseason so far

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

With spring training just more than a month away, the Nationals have had a relatively tranquil winter. Entering the offseason, their biggest priorities were second base and the extensions of their current players entering their final seasons before free agency. The Nationals don’t appear to have made considerable progress on either front.

In December, General Manager Mike Rizzo and Jordan Zimmermann’s agent talked, laying the groundwork for potential future talks. The sides were far apart last winter, before Zimmermann’s standout 2014 season, so a larger gap would have to be bridged in talks. Little, if anything, appears to be happening on the Fister or Desmond fronts. Desmond is the player most difficult to replace on the Nationals because they lack top middle infield depth, but agreeing to a deal for prospect Trea Turner in the Steve Souza Jr. trade gave them a potential future option they didn’t have before, even if he winds up at second. Read full article here.