Ian Desmond Drawing Trade Interest

Ian Desmond is drawing strong trade interest, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Nationals want starters and, other than Cliff Lee and Carl Pavano, the free agent pitching class has thinned out considerably. The free agent shortstop class is similarly weak, so Desmond is in demand. 

Washington isn’t looking to trade Desmond, but they could part with him for a young pitcher with comparable service time, Rosenthal says. The 25-year-old batted .269/.308/.392 in 2010, his first full season. With just over one year of service time to his name, Desmond is still five years away from free agency.


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arknepp
4 years 7 months ago

I know the Cards just traded for Theriot, but how about Garcia for Desmond…I think they would both have similar service time remaining, and it seems as if(unfortunately) the Cards are dead set on booting Brendan Ryan. With Desmond at short, Theriot could be our everyday 2nd baseman or a superutility. We would obviously have a gap in the rotation, and would have to look at vet starters to fill it. I don’t think this is at all likely, but an interesting and pretty cost neutral scenario

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cookmeister
4 years 7 months ago

i dont know alot about the Cardinals, but Garcia>Desmond…. and i dont think its that close

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comish4lif
4 years 7 months ago

As a Nats fan, I’d take Garcia. I’m pretty sure that the Cards hang up first on that call.

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TwinsVet
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think the Cards hang up – I think they drop the phone in a fit of laughter.

Nats hang up 5 minutes later when they still hear the Cards hyperventilating in the background.

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jmp11
4 years 7 months ago

Have to think Garcia is close to untouchable for the Cards right now. When is the last time they had such a promising young lefty starter? Ankiel??

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Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 7 months ago

I doubt the Cards deal Garcia, Chris Carpenter has a 15MM dollar team option for 2012 that the Cards will likely buy out for 1MM or trade him at the deadline if they are out of contention, in an effort to spend that money on keeping Pujols. They need to keep as many young cheap arms as possible. With Carpenter making 15MM and Pujols 16MM this season but Wainwright’s contract going up by 2.5MM, the Cards could offer Pujols around 29MM per season minus arbitration raises next year. That could be enough, but it’s dependent on them not keeping Carpenter.

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baseballz
4 years 7 months ago

Wow Garcia for Desmond ? I didn’t know the Cards were that desperate. Ryan isn’t that bad, he still had both his arms last time I checked.

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TwinsVet
4 years 7 months ago

Garcia shouldn’t even be in the same conversation as Desmond.

People should be more offended at the mere notion of Garcia-for-Desmond.

Garcia >>>>>>> Desmond.

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4 years 7 months ago

I being a cards fan… dont see this happening. I could see us trading Pj walters and another young pitcher for desmond… Garcia was all to good last year for us to trade him away right away.

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coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

This is a stupid move. They should keep him because they can’t go after anybody else that would fill the hole without giving prospects.

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Natinals
4 years 7 months ago

Espinosa is a natural shortstop and he’s more surehanded than Desmond. With that said 2nd is an easier hole to fill than short

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4 years 7 months ago

Wade LeBlanc and maybe a 2nd tier arm for Ian Desmond.

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4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think that is in the ball park, John Lannan and probably even Ross Detwiler are better rotation bets than LeBlanc, who at best is a 5th starter outside of Petco. His splits are unreal, nearly .200 points of OPS and about 3.5 run difference in ERA. That is not a good fit for the Nats at all.

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4 years 7 months ago

Yes that is possible however, the Padres have several arms (minor league depth) that could be alluring in a package.

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GasLampGuru
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think LeBlanc has any value at all, certainly not in a deal for a 25-year old SS who is under team control for another five years.

IF the goal is to get cheaper and more controllable players, maybe the Padres should entertain trading Heath Bell for Desmond. The Nats need bullpen help, and the Padres probably have no intention of re-signing Bell after 2011. Getting Bell could allow the Nats to pitch a ‘commitment to winning’ to their fan base, especially if they extend him.

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4 years 7 months ago

Regardless of the player, there could definitely be a deal there that could benefit both teams.

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GasLampGuru
4 years 7 months ago

I would agree.  The question is, would the Padres veer from their defense first approach and take on someone with such glaring defensive shortcomings?

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4 years 7 months ago

For a player with Desmond’s upside offensively, I would think so depending on the price. Even if he would just become an average defender. With the lack of middle infield depth in the Padres system, he could make a lot of sense especially seeing as he is still five years away from free agency.

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GasLampGuru
4 years 7 months ago

Again, I agree.  The Padres need the depth.  If they were to trade for Desmond, the best case scenario would have him settling down defensively and Cabrera evolving into the long-term answer at 2B.  Hopefully Cabrera could leadoff and Desmond could hit second.

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4 years 7 months ago

That would be awesome. However, unfortunately it would probably cost the Padres one of Castro/Luebke or Richard/Stauffer in all seriousness.

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GasLampGuru
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think they can afford to trade Stauffer or Richard with their rotation losses.  That said, I’d be OK with trading Castro for Desmond because Castro is probably still at least a year from contributing in the majors.  That’s the price you pay for a major league ready SS under control for another five years.
As I said all year last year – they have to start bringing in players with offensive upside at some point.  If they don’t, it won’t matter how much pitching they have.

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4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I believe dealing one of Stauffer or Richard would be too steep considering the Padres emphasis on “stabilizing the pitching rotation”, I think that goes without saying.I would also be fine with dealing Castro. You and I have both been screaming for young controllable upside players at premium positions for years. Hopefully Hoyer can take advantage of a players like a Desmond or a Lawrie type.

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GasLampGuru
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve had enough of the David Ecksteins of the world taking up space on the Padres roster.  It’s time to really rebuild and get younger.
I’d would be very happy if the Padres could get one of Desmond and Lawrie.  If they somehow got both, which would probably require trading Adrian, I’d be ecstatic.

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fnpadre
4 years 7 months ago

Dealing Stauffer is too steep, but Castro isn’t ? Hmmm, I don’t agree with that at all. If it really came down to it, I’d rather just put Castro in the rotation now and use Stauffer in a trade to address a middle infield spot. From what I’ve read about Castro, he’s a guy you could build a rotation around, not someone you trade away for a ~700 OPS shortstop. He’s a legit top ~30 prospect going into 2011, no? Plus, Stauffer is just about to start hitting his arbitration years….no way I do that deal.

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4 years 7 months ago

Stauffer is in our starting rotation now, Castro is not. Castro (as much as I love him) is still probably at least a half a year away if not a full year and is not proven. According to Baseball America, Castro is rated number seventeenth overall. Some scouts do question him projecting stellar numbers on the big league level. Jim Callis gave response to me via Twitter, “jimcallisBA Jim Callis Reasonable bet is No. 3 SP. Might see him next yr. @mickeykoke: Thoughts on Simon Castro, MLB projection? How soon will he be ready? #Padres”. So while I have heard many positive things regarding Castro, I have heard some rumblings internally that would imply that the PADRES may not covet him as highly as a pitching prospect you believe he maybe be able to build a rotation around.

Baseball America pre 2010 had Desomond as the Nationals 4th best prospects behind Stausburg, Norris and Storen. Its not as if Desomond does not have an extremely high ceiling himself and has already shown a glimpse of that on the MLB level. Baseball America: ” If Desmond’s bat continues to develop, he has a chance fore or better tools across the board. His quick hands and strong forearms generate plus bat speed and average power, and he has done a good job of shortening his swing and becoming more patient at the plate. At shortstop he has good range and a 65 arm on the 2-80 scouting scale. He is a live-bodies and athletic, and he plays with plenty of energy, He has average speed and is a smart base runner.” Of course Desmond needs to refine aspects of his game, but the kid is extremely talented and under control. Some scouts have said that the tools that he possesses across the board that will enable him to reach “all around upside.”. It would be dealing from a strength, pitching to fill a black hole that the Padres desperately lack, the middle infield and PRODUCTION.

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fnpadre
4 years 7 months ago

It’s not impossible for Castro to show up in spring, pitch lights out with two plus pitches, and put his name in the hat for the #4-5 spot in the starting rotation. Sure the Padres would like for him to get more experience pitching in the minors since he skipped Hi-A last year, but it’s very conceivable that he could hold his own at the major league level if he needed to.

I’m with you on Desmond, but shipping off 6 years worth of a top 5-ish pitching prospect while hanging onto an arb-eligible, post-surgery, post-hype deep sleeper like Stauffer would not sit well with me at all.

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4 years 7 months ago

There is no way that happens. The Padres do not want to be in the situation where they have to worry about “super two” status again. The “work load” issues that they had with Mat Latos this year. Come on man, that’s a huge reach! I like Castro a lot, but that will not happen for several reasons. He will spend at least 2-3 months in AAA. It’s not what we (as fans) want, it’s what is realistic when given all the intangibles. I am not hearing anyone declaring Castro, “the Latos of next year” anywhere, the way they were looking at Mat last year. Stauffer, (appendectomy aside), still has very solid value even with him due arbitration. Another thing to remember, Desmond while has high value because of his defensive woes thus far, could go for less than many are projecting. However, they do not HAVE to trade him so it puts the Nationals in a very good situation given the high level of interest.

Trust me, I would love to trade Stauffer instead and jump Castro because of his upside but realize that there is virtually noway that happens because of some of the reasons I already listed.

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fnpadre
4 years 7 months ago

It’s not impossible for Castro to show up in spring, pitch lights out with two plus pitches, and put his name in the hat for the #4-5 spot in the starting rotation. Sure the Padres would like for him to get more experience pitching in the minors since he skipped Hi-A last year, but it’s very conceivable that he could hold his own at the major league level if he needed to.

I’m with you on Desmond, but shipping off 6 years worth of a top 5-ish pitching prospect while hanging onto an arb-eligible, post-surgery, post-hype deep sleeper like Stauffer would not sit well with me at all.

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fnpadre
4 years 7 months ago

Castro might need some more minor league “marinating” but there are certainly folks around baseball that think Castro could get major league hitters out _now_. With his combo of work ethic and stuff, it’s be super risky to include him in any deal that doesn’t bring a guaranteed return. With Stauffer about to hit his arb years, I’d much rather deal him than Castro…or Luebke for that matter.

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4 years 7 months ago

Unless it was in a 3-team deal it wouldn’t make sense. The Nats bullpen was actually the strongest part of this team last year, and that was even after they dealt Capps to Minnesota. The Nationals need starters first and foremost, as well as a 1B, a couple OF’s and a SS if they deal Desmond.

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GasLampGuru
4 years 7 months ago

Funny, the Padres have the same needs.  About the only thing they don’t need is relief pitching.

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comish4lif
4 years 7 months ago

As a Nats fan, I think I’d keep Desmond. I like Leblanc…

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4 years 7 months ago

I don’t see how Desmond has hit enough to justify his glove. I know there are very few shortstops available, but it is really hard to make 34 errors the way official scoring is done in most parks.

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Natinals
4 years 7 months ago

You have to actually watch the kid play. As a Nats fan I am pretty annoyed by the 34 errors. But watching him play you can tell hes gonna get alot better. He makes the spectacular plays but botches the simples ones and he’s probably the best overall athlete on the field

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Ferrariman
4 years 7 months ago

two words:

Adam-dunn

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squadwagon6
4 years 7 months ago

It was his first full year at the position He will only get better ! I think they should keep him no matter what Desmond and Espinosa are a perfect up the middle and will be for a long time !

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coup
4 years 7 months ago

Desmond better get better. There’s not a lot of room for worse.

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squadwagon6
4 years 7 months ago

It was his first full year at the position He will only get better ! I think they should keep him no matter what Desmond and Espinosa are a perfect up the middle and will be for a long time !