Ian Desmond turned down $107 million from the Nationals last offseason
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has an interesting tidbit about Ian Desmond, writing that the Nationals shortstop turned down a seven-year, $107 million contract extension last offseason.
Desmond didn’t quite duplicate his 2012/2013 production this season, hitting .255 with a .743 OPS compared to .286 with an .812 OPS in those two years, but he did smack 24 homers, steal 24 bases, and drive in a career-high 91 runs.
It was a strong season for a strong all-around shortstop now one season away from hitting the open market as a free agent, but even if Desmond hits .275 or so with another 20-25 homers it’s far from guaranteed that a good but not great 29-year-old shortstop will have multiple $100 million offers.
It would be a very interesting test case, if nothing else.