Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Robothal - Ian Desmond: Should He Stay or Should He Go

The Nats are actively seeking to add a young shortstop, one who could inherit the position if Ian Desmond departs as a free agent after 2015, major league sources say.

Desmond, 28, rejected the Nationals’ offer of a lengthy extension last offseason, settling instead for a two-year, $17.5 million contract that will expire after next season.

Bote Man Posted: July 08, 2014 at 12:31 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nationals, trade value

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bote Man Posted: July 08, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4746555)
I understand the Cubs have a surfeit of shortstop prospects in their farm system.
   2. Rough Carrigan Posted: July 08, 2014 at 07:40 PM (#4746607)
If he goes there will be trou-blllllllllle
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 08, 2014 at 07:52 PM (#4746614)
The Nationals can afford to pay fair market value for Ian Desmond, which might be a better move than trying to find a comparable replacement.
   4. Buzzkill Posted: July 08, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4746639)
Are we talking about the same Ian Desmond who is posting a .291 OBP and a whopping 95 OPS+? That guy? Career of .315 and OPS+ of 102? The guy who has almost earned one dWAR in 6 seasons? I just want to be clear to see if we can somehow find a comparable replacemernt.
   5. Bote Man Posted: July 08, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4746642)
Desmond strikes me as a guy who is just shy of breaking out to be Very Good rather than just Good. He's shown flashes of plate discipline, but too often he's just like last night when he flailed away at successively higher fastballs, then K'd on a slider down and in when he could have won the game with a solid single to the outfield. He has definitely improved in the field at the key shortstop position over these past couple years, to be sure.

I like a 2 year deal for him with the Nats; they don't get locked in and he has an incentive to make that marginal improvement if he really wants to stay in D.C. when his contract is up. He's the last active guy in the Nats system who came up with the Expos, for what that's worth. If Danny Espinosa could hit a lick he'd be an even better shortstop, but that's its own sad story.
   6. Urkel's Boner Posted: July 09, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4746746)
If he goes there will be trou-blllllllllle


Sure, but isn't the alternative twice as bad?
   7. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 09, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4746938)
If he goes there will be trou-blllllllllle


Sure, but isn't the alternative twice as bad?

I blame the Nationals. They've really got to let Desmond know.
   8. A triple short of the cycle Posted: July 09, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4746957)
Don't get tied down with a long-term contract, Stay Free.
   9. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 09, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4746961)
He's shown flashes of plate discipline, but too often he's just like last night when he flailed away at successively higher fastballs, then K'd on a slider down and in when he could have won the game with a solid single to the outfield.

Once day is fine and next is black?
   10. SoCalDemon Posted: July 09, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4746978)
Are we talking about the same Ian Desmond who is posting a .291 OBP and a whopping 95 OPS+? That guy? Career of .315 and OPS+ of 102? The guy who has almost earned one dWAR in 6 seasons? I just want to be clear to see if we can somehow find a comparable replacemernt.


I think they are talking about the guy with a 114 OPS+ and 3.3 WAA since the beginning of 2012 (including being league average this year, despite the .291 OBP). Guys like this do not grow on trees. Now, if I were the Nationals, I would probably let him walk after 2015 (and why is this an important decision to talk about now, 1.5 years early? If the Nats were in the basement, I get it, but I don't think they are going to trade him in the middle of a pennant race), but it seems like an entirely fair question. In fact, he seems like exactly the sort of player where this is a difficult decision. If he was Tulo, obviously you do everything you can to keep him, and if he was a 1 WAR player, obviously you let him go, but that slightly above average range is where I think these decisions are most difficult, because it can be much harder to replace such a player than I think many people think, yet at the same time it doesn't take much slippage to make a contract a very bad decision.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Ray (RDP)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogWEEI: SOURCES: FORMER RED SOX MANAGER BOBBY VALENTINE BEING CONSIDERED FOR UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
(69 - 3:43am, Dec 11)
Last: Shibal

NewsblogOTP: 5 December 2016: Baseball's New Collective Bargaining Agreement
(1773 - 3:02am, Dec 11)
Last: Guy Heckler's Veto

NewsblogWinning in MLB is harder when everyone is smarter - SweetSpot- ESPN
(7 - 1:08am, Dec 11)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running
(116 - 12:23am, Dec 11)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogSarris -- Going off the record at baseball's winter meetings - Insider ($)
(13 - 12:08am, Dec 11)
Last: Mike Webber

NewsblogOT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2016 - January 2017)
(76 - 11:47pm, Dec 10)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogLeyland Wants Change In U.S. Mentality In Next Year's WBC
(16 - 11:25pm, Dec 10)
Last: Guy Heckler's Veto

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(1319 - 11:24pm, Dec 10)
Last: no STIGGLES...no STIGGLES......you're the STIGGLES

NewsblogHow Did Rick Porcello Go From Afterthought to Ace?
(17 - 6:14pm, Dec 10)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Gonfalon CubsCubs roster update - post Winter Meetings
(29 - 5:46pm, Dec 10)
Last: Andere Richtingen

NewsblogWhy the Adam Eaton trade wasn’t a panic move for the Washington Nationals - The Washington Post
(15 - 5:12pm, Dec 10)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPitch boss on Fox baseball drama's struggle and future | EW
(11 - 4:42pm, Dec 10)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogDexter Fowler's $82.5M deal with the Cardinals shows free agency is alive and well
(2 - 3:39pm, Dec 10)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogOT: October-November 2016 Soccer Thread
(380 - 1:01pm, Dec 10)
Last: I am going to be Frank

NewsblogJAYSON STARK ON THE WINTER MEETINGS: “I’M ONLY GOING TO REPORT INFORMATION THAT I AM CONFIDENT ABOUT”
(21 - 11:49am, Dec 10)
Last: McCoy

Page rendered in 0.1450 seconds
47 querie(s) executed