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MLB Rumors: Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals Talking Extension?

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

If there is anyone on the Washington Nationals ball club that deserves an extension heading into the 2013 season it is shortstop Ian Desmond.

The Nationals and Desmond have had preliminary discussion in the winter before the season started but talks stopped during the season. With the way Desmond played in 2012, it would not be shocking at all to hear the GM Mike Rizzo and Desmond re-open the negotiation table for an extension. Desmond could be looking at a deal worth $45 million up to six years.

Desmond improved greatly from the 2011 season in less games. In only 130 games, he batted .292/.335/.511 with 25 home runs, 73 RBI, 33 doubles, 72 runs and 21 stolen bases. A big increase in production from the previous year where he batted only a mere .253/.298/.358 with eight home runs, 49 RBI, 27 doubles, 65 runs scored and 25 stolen bases.

The 27-year-old did miss some time in the summer due to an oblique injury. He is only signed to a one-year deal but more than likely the Nationals would lock him up.

Desmond and teammate Danny Espinosa are becoming quite the duo in the infield. Between the two, they turned 165 double plays in 2012 and only committed 28 errors. With the Nationals getting progressively better, the two can turn into National League Gold Glove award winners if they keep up the solid defense and hard work.

This season was best season the franchise has seen ever. The team won 98 games, the most since the 1979 Montreal Expos, which won 95 games but did not make the playoffs. The team still has a lot to accomplish as it blew a late lead against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.

With this young group of talent around the Nationals, the team will be good for years to come.

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