Report: Nationals, Mariners working on Ian Desmond deal
Ian Desmond could be on the move.
The Nationals are reportedly working on a deal that would send the shortstop to Seattle, though the Mariners are not willing to include right-hander Taijuan Walker or left-hander James Paxton, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Washington has discussed Desmond with Seattle more than once this offseason, with the Nats reportedly interested in shortstop Brad Miller, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
The shortstop market is slim, so Desmond would be a strong acquisition for the Mariners.
Desmond is eligible for free agency following the 2015 season. The Nationals tried to negotiate a multi-year extension with Desmond in the past, but nothing came to fruition. Still, he made it clear Tuesday that he would prefer to stick with the Nats and resolve his contract situation soon.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he met with Desmond’s agent during the Winter Meetings, but revealed little else about any possible negotiations.
Desmond, 29, is the longest-tenured player on the Nationals. He was a third-round pick of the Expos in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut in 2009. This year, he hit .255 with 24 home runs, 26 doubles and 91 RBIs.