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Birth Date9-20-1985
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age33 years, 4 months, 30 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2009 WAS 23 21 89 23 7 2 4 5 14 0 1 0 .280 .318 .561 95 -0.3 0.0 -1.3 0.2
2010 WAS 24 154 574 141 27 4 10 28 109 5 17 5 .269 .308 .392 82 -11.0 1.6 -9.2 0.5
2011 WAS 25 154 639 148 27 5 8 35 139 4 25 10 .253 .298 .358 75 -17.1 4.8 -4.0 0.9
2012 WAS 26 130 547 150 33 2 25 30 113 3 21 6 .292 .335 .511 120 12.7 0.8 -20.0 1.6
2013 WAS 27 158 655 168 38 3 20 43 145 5 21 6 .280 .331 .453 107 5.8 0.2 1.2 3.5
2014 WAS 28 154 648 151 26 3 24 46 183 6 24 5 .255 .313 .430 104 2.7 1.8 6.3 3.9
2015 WAS 29 156 641 136 27 2 19 45 187 3 13 5 .233 .290 .384 79 -13.2 2.5 -1.6 1.4
2016 TEX 30 156 677 178 29 3 22 44 160 5 21 6 .285 .335 .446 100 1.6 5.5 -5.5 2.2
2017 COL 31 95 373 93 11 1 7 24 87 4 15 4 .274 .326 .375 74 -10.9 2.7 -4.9 -0.6
2018 COL 32 160 619 131 21 8 22 53 146 6 20 6 .236 .307 .422 90 -5.5 0.8 -0.9 0.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2004 VER A- 4 13 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SAV A 73 320 .259 .331 .384 .292 99 -9.7 7.5 3.4 77 0 -2.4 3.6 -16.5 -0.4
2005 POT A+ 55 248 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 POT A+ 92 408 .256 .335 .387 .287 101 -8.7 10.5 4.7 94 0 -24.0 1.1 -8.1 -1.6
2006 HAR AA 37 132 .250 .325 .386 .239 104 -10.9 3.2 1.5 49 0 -10.3 -0.4 -4.8 -1.1
2007 POT A+ 129 536 .263 .337 .393 .307 102 8.8 16.4 7.4 115 0 8.2 -3.0 5.6 3.4
2008 HAR AA 93 364 .270 .343 .416 .289 106 -8.4 10.7 4.9 83 0 -2.2 -0.4 -11.2 0.2
2008 NAT Rk 3 13 .248 .345 .344 .455 104 0.5 0.4 0.2 159 0 -0.2 -0.3 0.4 0.1
2009 WAS MLB 21 89 .255 .324 .398 .292 95 3.1 2.6 0.8 95 14 -1.3 0.0 -0.3 0.2
2009 HAR AA 42 189 .267 .338 .405 .368 96 9.5 5.2 2.4 129 0 0.7 -1.7 2.1 0.9
2009 SYR AAA 55 205 .258 .326 .384 .413 110 9.7 5.9 2.7 154 0 -1.4 2.4 9.7 1.9
2010 WAS MLB 154 574 .256 .321 .396 .317 92 1 15.8 7.2 82 11 -9.2 1.6 -11.0 0.5
2011 WAS MLB 154 639 .253 .315 .391 .317 97 -7.8 17.2 7.9 75 7 -4.0 4.8 -17.1 0.9
2012 WAS MLB 130 547 .253 .315 .400 .332 101 14.3 15.0 6.9 120 9 -20.0 0.8 12.7 1.6
2013 WAS MLB 158 655 .252 .312 .391 .336 103 7.9 17.2 7.9 107 7 1.2 0.2 5.8 3.5
2014 WAS MLB 154 648 .248 .309 .377 .326 100 6.8 16.7 7.7 104 8 6.3 1.8 2.7 3.9
2015 WAS MLB 156 641 .255 .316 .407 .307 97 -4 17.3 7.9 79 5 -1.6 2.5 -13.2 1.4
2016 TEX MLB 156 677 .256 .318 .417 .350 107 0.9 19.1 0.7 100 7 -5.5 5.5 1.6 2.2
2017 COL MLB 95 373 .256 .321 .426 .345 103 -6.4 10.9 -3.5 74 9 -4.9 2.7 -10.9 -0.6
2017 ABQ AAA 3 10 .271 .337 .449 .286 122 1 0.3 -0.1 124 0 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0
2018 COL MLB 160 619 .243 .310 .399 .279 111 -3.8 17.4 -10.1 90 7 -0.9 0.8 -5.5 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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2004 VER A- 13 12 2 3 0 0 1 6 1 0 2 0 1 .250 .308 .500 .250 0 0
2005 POT A+ 248 219 37 56 13 3 3 84 15 21 53 13 6 .256 .320 .384 .128 5 5
2005 SAV A 320 296 37 73 10 2 4 99 23 13 60 20 6 .247 .288 .334 .088 4 4
2006 POT A+ 408 365 50 89 20 2 9 140 45 29 79 14 8 .244 .314 .384 .140 2 2
2006 HAR AA 132 121 8 22 4 1 0 28 3 5 35 4 1 .182 .205 .231 .050 6 6
2007 POT A+ 536 458 69 121 30 4 13 198 45 57 99 27 11 .264 .355 .432 .168 6 6
2008 NAT Rk 13 13 1 5 1 0 0 6 2 0 2 3 0 .385 .385 .462 .077 0 0
2008 HAR AA 364 323 42 81 14 0 12 131 44 31 78 12 8 .251 .315 .406 .155 6 6
2009 WAS MLB 89 82 9 23 7 2 4 46 12 5 14 1 0 .280 .318 .561 .280 1 1
2009 SYR AAA 205 178 25 63 12 2 1 82 14 20 31 8 1 .354 .420 .461 .107 4 4
2009 HAR AA 189 170 29 52 12 1 6 84 18 16 40 13 4 .306 .370 .494 .188 1 1
2010 WAS MLB 574 525 59 141 27 4 10 206 65 28 109 17 5 .269 .308 .392 .124 7 9
2011 WAS MLB 639 584 65 148 27 5 8 209 49 35 139 25 10 .253 .298 .358 .104 5 11
2012 WAS MLB 547 513 72 150 33 2 25 262 73 30 113 21 6 .292 .335 .511 .218 1 0
2013 WAS MLB 655 600 77 168 38 3 20 272 80 43 145 21 6 .280 .331 .453 .173 5 2
2014 WAS MLB 648 593 73 151 26 3 24 255 91 46 183 24 5 .255 .313 .430 .175 3
2015 WAS MLB 641 583 69 136 27 2 19 224 62 45 187 13 5 .233 .290 .384 .151 4 6
2016 TEX MLB 677 625 107 178 29 3 22 279 86 44 160 21 6 .285 .335 .446 .162 3 0
2017 ABQ AAA 10 9 1 3 1 0 1 7 1 1 1 0 0 .333 .400 .778 .444 0 0
2017 COL MLB 373 339 47 93 11 1 7 127 40 24 87 15 4 .274 .326 .375 .100 4 2
2018 COL MLB 619 555 82 131 21 8 22 234 88 53 146 20 6 .236 .307 .422 .186 4 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 319 0.5329 0.4608 0.7891 0.6294 0.2685 0.8785 0.5500 0.2109 0.0011
2010 1994 0.5115 0.4704 0.7719 0.6304 0.3029 0.8725 0.5525 0.2281 0.0117
2011 2314 0.5004 0.4378 0.7937 0.5846 0.2907 0.8774 0.6250 0.2063 0.0058
2012 1837 0.4752 0.5378 0.7692 0.7033 0.3880 0.8648 0.6123 0.2308 0.0075
2013 2408 0.4759 0.4996 0.7348 0.6606 0.3534 0.8137 0.6009 0.2652 0.0057
2014 2470 0.4676 0.4927 0.6984 0.6615 0.3445 0.8024 0.5232 0.3016 0.0030
2015 2358 0.4644 0.4919 0.7103 0.6621 0.3444 0.8262 0.5172 0.2897 -0.0004
2016 2564 0.5000 0.4641 0.7227 0.6154 0.3128 0.8238 0.5237 0.2773 0.0000
2017 1376 0.5094 0.4724 0.7215 0.6562 0.2815 0.8261 0.4684 0.2785 0.0000
2018 2319 0.4774 0.4817 0.7090 0.6766 0.3036 0.8104 0.5027 0.2910 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-10 2014-09-11 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-07-11 2014-07-12 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Contusion -
2014-03-12 2014-03-16 Camp 4 0 - Fingers Laceration Little Finger Ground Ball - -
2013-08-22 2013-08-23 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2013-07-24 2013-07-25 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Blister - -
2012-08-23 2012-08-26 DTD 3 2 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-07-22 2012-08-17 15-DL 26 25 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2012-07-18 2012-07-19 DTD 1 1 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2012-07-15 2012-07-17 DTD 2 2 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-07-07 2012-07-07 DTD 0 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-06-16 2012-06-16 DTD 0 0 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique - -
2011-06-29 2011-06-29 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2011-06-19 2011-06-21 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2011-05-14 2011-05-16 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-09-06 2010-09-06 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-08-23 2010-08-24 DTD 1 1 - Thumb Soreness -
2009-04-18 2009-06-07 Minors 50 0 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2009-04-23
2009-02-19 2009-02-26 Camp 7 0 Left Wrist Soreness -
2008-06-01 2008-07-21 Minors 50 0 Left Wrist Fracture Hamate -
2006-05-09 2006-05-16 Minors 7 0 Not Disclosed -


Year Team Salary
2022 COL $2,000,000
2021 COL $8,000,000
2020 COL $15,000,000
2019 COL $15,000,000
2018 COL $22,000,000
2017 COL $8,000,000
2016 TEX $8,000,000
2015 WAS $11,000,000
2014 WAS $6,500,000
2013 WAS $3,800,000
2012 WAS $512,500
2011 WAS $441,500
2010 WAS $400,000
9 yrPrevious$60,654,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$75,654,000
3 yrFuture$25,000,000
13 yrTotal$100,654,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 27 dSports One Athlete Mgt.5 years/$70M (2017-21), 2022 option

  • 5 years/$70M (2017-21), plus 2022 club option. Signed by Colorado as a free agent 12/7/16. 17:$8M, 18:$22M, 19:$15M, 20:$15M, 21:$8M, 22:$15M club option ($2M buyout). Assignment bonus: $1M if traded. If traded once, Desmond received full no-trade protection thereafter.
  • 1 year/$8M (2016). Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/29/16. Texas made $17.2M qualifying offer 11/4/16 (rejected).
  • 2 years/$17.5M (2014-15). Signed extension with Washington 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). 14:$6.5M, 15:$11M.
  • 1 year/$3.8M (2013). Re-signed by Washington 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2012). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4415M (2011). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Re-signed by Washington 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Contract purchased by Washington 11/10/08. Re-signed by Washington 2/14/09.
  • Drafted by Montreal 2004 (3-84) (Sarasota HS, Fla.). $0.43M signing bonus.

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2018-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)How will David Dahl fit in a crowded Rockies OF this year? Do you like his ceiling?
(bob m from philly)
If he's healthy they'll find a place for him, with Ian Desmond moving to first. Yeah, I feel like he could be a top 15-20 OF in that park if he gets the PT. (Mike Gianella)
2017-08-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)So has the multiple injuries (spleen, ribs, back) all to a 24 yr. old Dahl soured his projections should he ever get healthy? So sense in even having him steal bases going forward. He breaks like china. Gonzo wearing out.. Is McMahon the new rising star in org? Seems to me Roc's are heading for a world of hurt. Thoughts?
(dan22ke9 from Windy City)
Dahl's a really interesting case, a 24-year-old who's probably a year or two younger in his Baseball Age given all the injuries he's suffered. I've long tried to avoid handing the 'fragile' tag to young, oft-injured players who may or may not just have terrible luck, but Dahl's testing my patience... the DL stints are piling up and you can't discuss his stock without bringing up the health concerns. That said, Dahl's physical tools remain intact and he's certainly young enough to make up for lost time. He flashed tantalizing 20/20 potential last season, and while he may never play enough to get there, I still have high hopes for the guy. In fantasy, I'm buying low.

The Rockies...well, the Rockies are another Story (see what I did there?). The good news is they finally have a young and successful pitching staff, one that should remain good for a while, and although the offense is lagging, finding bats for Coors isn't too hard. The bad news is they have Ian Desmond for another four years at $15M per, along with a couple less-than-idealcontracts. I still have high hopes for the club, and, hell, they're holding onto a Wild Card spot, but some past moves may be coming back to bite them. (Ben Diamond)
2016-12-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)I have a competitive squad in a 14-team H2H mixed dynasty. I'm always trying to balance win now against future competitiveness and have done it pretty well (two titles in four years). Right now I'm trying to evaluate whether it might be worth trying to package Ian Desmond and a prospect (Amed Rosario?) for Giancarlo Stanton. The other owner has a competitive major league roster but an empty farm while I have a deep bench of prospects. Make the offer? Sweeten the offer? Lighten the offer? Stand pat?
(Jake from Kalamazoo)
Hey Jake, sounds like you're doing pretty well on your own. I was panning Desmond on every platform possible last offseason because his contact rate had plummeted and he was moving off shortstop. I was wrong. I would make that offer. I'm not sure Stanton ever plays a full season consistently, but I would rather have him than Desmond moving forward and it's not that close. (George Bissell)
2016-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a competitive squad in a 14 team mixed dynasty. Wondering which order you would keep the follow OF: Ian Desmond, Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce, Justin Upton. They all have weird and confusing career arcs.
(Rob from Alaska)
You said it: all those guys are on weird tangential career paths. I'd rank them in the order you currently have them in. I was debating between Fowler and Bruce for longer than I'd like to admit, but assuming this is a category format, Fowler's SBs push him over the edge. I really wish Justin Upton would have a resurgent year. I miss that guy being awesome. (Will Haines)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Strictly as an OF, who do you want ROS - Ian Desmond or Adam Jones?
(Jake from Kalamazoo)
Definitely Adam Jones. He's a great bat. (Jim Walsh)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seeing a lot of hot takes on the Rangers' signing of Ian Desmond ... my inclination is that the price is right: 50/50 proposition where the risk, reward, and price (including loss of the 19th pick) are balanced. I'd be curious for your perspective?
(John from Ft Worth)
My take might be a little fire as well -- I don't like this deal for Texas. Sure, they paid little in terms of cash, but I love mid-first picks as long-term assets. Most critically, Desmond's bat seems to be declining, and a move to the outfield really hurts his overall value. Last, the Rangers are kinda stacked with depth in both the outfield (Mazara, Hamilton, maybe Gallo or Brinson?) and shortstop (Profar). Seems a little like gilding the lily, but I've been wrong about the Rangers before. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Brendan!! What's the chance that Martin Perez has a breakout year this year?? Also, will Jurickson Profar get a chance to play somewhere other than middle infield?? Thanks for sharing your opinion.
(DJ from Dallas)
My pleasure. Staying low on Perez until he shows he can command the ball well for an extended stretch. For Profar, the natural spot was LF but Ian Desmond pretty well takes care of that. If he's healthy, he'll hit his way into an opportunity somewhere; just maybe not in Texas. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alright, I give. Where does Ian Desmond land, and is it after June?
(Bryan G. from (Still Ann Arbor))
Maybe Colorado! They sure seem to want distance from Reyes. There's no perfect fit, but if the Rockies think they can spin him into something in July, it's worth it. I would do that if I were the Rockies. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you expect a rebound from Ian Desmond? Now that the Pads have signed Ramirez, any guess where he lands?
(Corey from The Bronx)
Yes, I would expect him to come much closer to 2014 than to 2015. No idea, especially given how weird this market has been. The White Sox make some sense, especially since their pick is protected. (Mike Gianella)
2015-10-19 19:00:00 (link to chat)I enjoyed your pre-season rankings, will you do those again before opening day? Ian Desmond was a 5 star SS for you pre-season 2015. How many stars will he get in February and who has passed him? Does his lower BABIP in 2015 factor into your ranking of him? (Oh the Blue Jays are playing baseball now!) Thank you.
(Mark from DC)
Yes, we'll do rankings again next year. I would think that Desmond has to drop down into the three-star tier, which means that a number of players have passed him. Carlos Correa and Brandon Crawford are ahead of him now, and I wouldn't be surprised if Lindor sneaks in there too. Based on last year, this would probably put Desmond on the periphery of the top 10. (Tout Wars Champ Mike Gianella)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Going into the season The Nationals looked like World Beaters and also The White Sox looked poised to do some damage... What did work? What Didn't?
(Josh from Chicago)
Hoo boy. Long stories here. We all overrated the Nationals. Just were way too into the name value on some of those guys, ignored their downsides. Also, though, hard to forecast the brutal half-season Ian Desmond had, or the sheer degree of Denard Span's injury issues.

The White Sox got some sudden downturns from guys with decent track records, but their biggest problem was a dearth of quality depth and flexibility that would have allowed them to weather that. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, loved the piece last week on trade targets. You were limited to selecting only 1 player though. I'm sure there were more you liked. Can you give us a few? Thanks
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
I shied away from him on the podcast, but I like what I have seen recently from Ian Desmond. The swing looks better and while I'm skeptical on the speed I can see a power bounce back. While Melky Cabrera looks D.O.A., there's some BABIP craziness going on there and he should at a minimum hit for batting average. I also agree with my colleague Keith Cromer than Alexei Ramirez should show some improvement. In general, I agree with PECOTA that the White Sox offense can't possibly be THIS bad and should show some signs of life post all star. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a few guys to target in trades you think will have a big 2nd half?
(Shawn from Couch)
Ian Desmond might not have a "big" second half but he will be better. Alexei Ramirez should also improve in the same manner. Carlos Gomez is still a stud and will be one in the second half. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What to do with Ian Desmond? The Nats have enough middle infield to shop him, but does anyone want him (Royals?). And with the other injuries, should they be trying to?
(Charlie from NatsReview)
someone will need a rental for depth, right? Maybe the Nats feel that's just fine for them, too. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite buy/sell targets right now? Maybe 1 hitter and 1 pitcher to each buy/sell on?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Ian Desmond is my favorite "buy" target for hitters. Carlos Carrasco for pitchers. In terms of selling, I'd be cashing out on someone like Dustin Pedroia and Ubaldo Jimenez. I'd also sell hard on Nick Martinez, but I'm not sure you'll get much value for him. (J.P. Breen)
2015-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Tell us about Tim Anderson, can he really become a fantasy force at SS if he can stick there defensively? Is he a young Ian Desmond?
(kylanje from FL)
I think he's a fantasy stalwart. Guy who can hit for average, steal plenty of bases and play a premium position? Yes please. There's some sneaky power there, too. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)How did you meet your BF Ian Desmond?
(phin82 from Milwaukee) I was looking for a shortstop to overreach for with the 16th overall pick. He was looking for a fantasy writer who makes terrible jokes and annoys everyone on social media with his stream of consciousness nonsense. (Mike Gianella)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)20-team mixed dynasty, I own Tulo. His DL time this year killed me in the playoffs, and I am now looking to deal him. Obviously youth/health are the way to go, I know, but Segura and Bogaerts are probably not workable deals (team dynamics won't work). I also own Addison Russel, but I hesitate to trust rookies right away, especially as a top 3 team right now. Suggestions?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Shortstop is a pretty mixed bag at the moment. You could downgrade to Hanley and change but that's not going to ease your mind when it comes to health injuries. Your other options are Jhonny Peralta, or hoping someone like Ian Desmond can bring the batting average up a bit. No one is going to give you what Tulo does when healthy though. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)How do you feel about Ian Desmond in OBP keeper leagues (10 and 12 teams)? His OBP is lousy, but he's solid in the other four categories. Given the state of the position, how high would you go on him with a $260 cap? Let's say in a 10-teamer, is $25 too high?
(BomboRiviera from St. Paul)
I don't think that's too high, but I probably wouldn't go a lot higher. You might not get a ton of excess value there, but I bet he's worth it. 20/20 from SS ain't no joke. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Am I the next Ian Desmond?
(Addison Russell from Lurking)
It's not an awful comp from a statistical standpoint, though I think you'll hit for a higher average and have slightly more muted power/speed outputs. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul I value your baseball opinions. Thanks for the great chat. Please rank the following 3 hitters: Mesoraco, Dickerson, JD Martinez in terms of ROS value in a points format. And do any of them rival Ian Desmond as a potential late round dirt cheap keeper?
(Hoover from Indy)
I think you just ranked em. I was slow to come around on Meso, but he looks incredible. I'd still lean Desmond (though I don't know your scoring system) if only for his SS-elig. (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty league, H2H format: Ian Desmond for Jed Lowrie + Tyson Ross. Who comes out ahead?
(Jon from Grand Junction)
I love Desmond, but I'd take the pair in that trade. In a 20-teamer, depth is so key and two strong assets are better than one star-potential asset (especially since he hasn't been a star asset thus far) (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Twenty team keeper league. Ian Desmond for Stephen Drew and milb picks 21 and 29 in the upcoming draft? Who wins?
(Allan from Toronto)
Desmond, easy. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Took over a team this year in 10 team H2H Full dynasty. Loaded with young players and in last right now. Have an offer on the table of Springer, Bumgarner, Profar, Dozier, and Wacha for my Miggy and Cueto. Now he wants to Cole and get Desmond too. Do it or would you ask for Oscar Taveras too or instead of Cole? Thanks.
(Mookie from Mania)
OK... now, I'll answer it. I generally go for the star talent ahead of all else in a 10-teamer, but you ARE getting some star talent for your established studs. If you're in last, go ahead and take the throng of youth. I believe you're getting Gerrit Cole for Ian Desmond in that addendum? I LOVE Cole, but I'd make him bring in Taveras WITH Cole and see what he says! (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Brad Miller? I want to believe he could be a 20/20 shortstop not unlike Ian Desmond. Too soon? or never?
(Vic from Baltimore)
My money would be on never, but he should still be a solid fantasy option regardless. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat on my birthday. I'm in a 12 team H2H redraft where we use R,HR,RBI,OBP,SLG,NSB on offense. I tend to weight NSB down a bit because the close relation of the first 5 offensive stats. This has created an unusual problem I noticed when calculating value for positionally weighted z-scores. The drop off for certain positions has become rather extreme. For example, there is roughly a $20 drop of between Tulo($34) and Ian Desmond,which make sense because SS with power are rare and OBP skills. Roughly the same difference between a Goldschimdt/Davis/Votto and Rizzo/Abreu(which I have at $25ish). There is a big caveat though. This is a snake draft. How should I handle such a significant drop off? I know I should probably take the best player on the board,but if I don't take a top tier shortstop, I'm not going to find anything close.
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
I think you have to take value for the first few rounds, but eventually have to start considering positional needs. In your situation it sounds like you need to do that more. So instead of starting to look at positions and ignoring overall rankings in the first 10 rounds, I'd narrow it down to the first six or so. You still might miss out on Desmond, but you'll still be able to apply your z-score methodology while still not completely missing out on quality later on. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can X. Bogaerts be a top 3 SS by next year, can he put up similar numbers as HanRam did his second year or even his first year?
(Philips from In my car)
Miiiiight be too aggressive as I really like Ian Desmond. Players usually take time to develop into impact starters. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league, 7x7; Jose Abreu or Jean Segura? I have Ian Desmond at SS already, and Belt/Dunn at 1B.
(Gotribe31 from DC)
As someone who's a bit higher on Abreu and a bit lower on Segura than many ... the answer is still Segura, easy. Solve your log jam a different way. And don't rely on Dunn. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking at the Yahoo rankings, are there any stand-out guys that they have way too high or too low? Porcello was one stand out for me.
(Charles from Boston)
I think they do a fine job of ranking players but I do have a few disagreements with their lists. I strongly recommend that people make their own lists by aggregating as much information as they can. I do think they have Ian Desmond a bit too low, I think Donaldson and Machado are as well, but again, it's a simple difference of opinion and player eval. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be the top 5 fantasy SS in 2015?
(Jim from Boston )
Gee Jim, way to put me on the spot.

Injuries last year make this a tough position to rank, but I would go Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Ian Desmond, and Jean Segura. Hanley would rank #1 if I wasn't concerned that he wouldn't get hurt again/miss time, but all of the top three have injury concerns. I'd rank Segura higher but I'm not sold on him as a top option. However, given who else is out there, he should stick in the Top 5 in 2014. The position is a little thinner than I once thought. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul,best value In this trade Segura or Ian Desmond
(Chesty from New Bern N.C.)
Pretty close. I'd lean Desmond for track record, but I like both a good bit at a painfully thin SS. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Why the big love in the industry for Starlin Castro? He looks way overvalued on his ADP especially in comparison to Ian Desmond who's going way later.
(Mike from France)
He's 23 years old and has shown gradual improvement in his ISO the last three years. He's never going to be a 30 HR guy, but a 25/25 peak isn't out of the question. Desmond is solid, but his HR/FB% was really high and his AVG isn't supported by his BABIP. Desmond is OK but I expect some regression. FWIW, not EVERYONE in the industry hates Desmond; he went for $28 to Nando Di Fino of CBS Sports in yesterday's CBS Sports NL-only Analyst league auction...or the same price as Castro. (Mike Gianella)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Paul! First I just want to mention I'm a new listener to the podcast and I really enjoy it! Anyway, what are your thoughts on Ian Desmond in a 20 team dynasty league. Was Desmond's season a fluke last year? Should I sell high?
(Justin from Chicago, IL)
Thank you, Justin. It's one of my favorite things to do. Jason and I have been friends for 11 years. I don't think Desmond is a fluke, but if you can sell high and get an amazing return then it's worth investigating. There is a difference between simply selling and selling high, though, so make sure you're getting a return worthy of one of the top fantasy shortstops. He could reasonably drive in and score 85-90 in that lineup hitting 6th. (Paul Sporer)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following keepers (deep league so don't be alarmed by inflation, and saves are NOT available on the waiver so most closers are kept): Ian Desmond ($15), Addison Reed ($8), Yovani Gallardo ($21), Drew Storen ($8)
(eliyahu from DC)
Tough without knowing league parameters and exactly what inflation is like, but probably Desmond, Storen, Reed, Gallardo. (Derek Carty)
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking ahead, who are your Top 5 SS for next season? (And, if you feel like it, Top 5 CF as well)
(sitdancer from DC)
Right now, I'd rank the shortstops
1- Troy Tulowitzki
2- Jose Reyes
3- Starlin Castro
4- Elvis Andrus
5- Ian Desmond

I struggled to rank 3-5, and an argument could be made for shuffling them up in any order. Hanley Ramirez could throw a wrench into these rankings if he sees time at SS in Dee Gordon's absence. As for the CF position, I'm much less comfortable ranking them at the moment. Matt Kemp has missed time due to injury, as has Jacoby Ellsbury. Josh Hamilton has been streaky as hell, and I just want to see a bit more from others. As it stands, though, my top 3 would be Trout, Kemp, McCutchen in that order. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Over/under on these three categories for Ian Desmond this season: .275 AVG, 30 HR, 20 SB
(Renfei from DC)
Under, under, over (Jason Collette)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Desmond is the #1 shortstop on the ESPN Player Rater by a decent margin. Do you see him as a top 3 shortstop the rest of this season?
(Ben from NYC)
Yes, but mainly because the position has been such a disappointment in fantasy baseball this season. (Jason Collette)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Charlie- I am a Kensington man, where do you suggest for the Six Point? Jay- Believing in Ian Desmond's hot start?
(BD from DC)
I'm not a huge Desmond believer, don't think he can stick at the top of the order at least, as OBP has never been one of his skills. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Strasburg back and Zimmerman in the fold am I crazy for thinking that a good lefty bat would make the Nationals contenders next year?
(Steve N from Delaware)
How was the hurricane for you in Delaware? I hear a lot about SC, NY, NJ, VT, but not so much about Delaware... Does your lefty bat mean that Davey Johnson won't be leading off Ian Desmond and his .290 OBP? What's up with that? He used to be such a brilliant manager. Except for that whole letting Dwight Gooden pitch to Mike Scioscia in '88 thing... (Steven Goldman)
2011-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Desmond has hit the ball well and looked very good in the field since the birth of his child. How possible do you think it is that players can play poorly due to external factors, and how often do you think it happens, without us noticing?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
I've said this before, so forgive me. If you're watching the Tigers game, Kelly just dove for a ball and missed, allowing Eric Chavez a triple (Chavez was so unused to running that hard that he's apparently hurt himself--surprise!). One of my favorite Casey Stengel lines is something he said in praise of Joe DiMaggio, that DiMaggio never dove because he knew he wasn't going swimming. At first it might seem odd that a manager would praise a player for NOT diving, but if you think about it, it's better fundamental baseball not to, because if you don't dive you have a single, if you do dive and miss you have a triple, as we saw here.

As to your question, a good one, I think it happens all the time. Players are like us--they have off-field issues all the time that serve as distractions, and some are better at screening those out than others. (Steven Goldman)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa going to hit this year?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Espinosa yet, Desmond no. I think Espinosa is going to be one of those guys who quietly has a very good career. (John Perrotto)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a NFBC 15 Team (Mixed) format how would you approach the limited SS position?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
Obviously getting Hanley or Tulo in the early going would be ideal, but I'm leery of the Reyes/Jeter/Rollins group this year for various reasons... too much uncertainty with all three. I'd rather wait a few more rounds and try for a Stephen Drew or Alexei Ramirez, or go a little deeper for Ian Desmond. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Nationals have a plan for creating an effective lineup or are they simply throwing tons of cash at whoever is willing to play for a 90-loss team? RH-heavy and still quite a weak infield
(Markol19 from Virginia)
The Nationals have tried to acquire every other major free agent that has been available the past few seasons, and they finally got one of them to sign a contract. They know how to identify hitters at least, but if they are thinking about trading Ian Desmond with the state of the shortstop market, and are looking for defense at first, then I'm not really sure what it is they think they are doing. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)For a year where there weren't any SS to be had, it sure appears like there are a lot of SS to be had. Bartlett, Hardy, Drew, Alexei Ramirez, Jeter!, OCab, then on through to Ian Desmond, Nishioka, Brendan Ryan, Ryan Theriot, and down to Punto, Tejada, Augie Ojada and anyone else. Was it a bad year for SS, or just for decent ones?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
Some of those names said to be available I just don't quite get -- not that you're wrong in naming them. Why wouldn't a team want to keep guys like Drew or Ramirez, given how rare any offensive production from a shortstop has become? There's a lot of guys out there, but not too many I like.

Going from Ryan to Theriot mystifies me, BTW, because Ryan's glove is a godsend behind all those groundball pitchers in Busch, and it's not like Theriot is Arky Vaughan or something. I can see trying to upgrade on offense, but I'm not convincd the possible improvement at the plate is worth the defensive hit. (Ken Funck)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Ian Desmond mature into a decent hitting SS with a solid glove to complement his range?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
I actually wrote his comment in last year's annual, so let's see what Ken had to say last winter:

"If Desmond sticks he should provide double digits in homers and steals as well as adequate glove work. Last year's offensive breakout was a bit of a mirage produced by a BABIP north of .400, and his non-descript walk rate precludes any chance he'll become a valuable table-setter, but a broad-based tool set gives him a good chance to become more than just standard middle-infield filler."

I have to say, a year later, I still agree with me. I guess that means I'm saying "yes". (Ken Funck)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Ian Desmond has the potential that the organization seems to think he has?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
The errors trouble me, the lack of selectivity troubles me, but as Christina pointed out in her aforementioned GM for a Day piece, putting Desmond and Danny Espinosa together up the middle seems like a no-brainer, a chance to have some above-average pop at those positions. As she said, they're not going to be Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell (Trammell for the Hall of Fame NOW!) but they don't need to be. (Steven Goldman)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Ian Desmond - Danny Espinosa middle infield combo? It seems to me the Nats will have quite the infield for years to come, no matter who's on first
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Meh, they look stopgappy to me. Desmond seems competent enough but he's going to have to get that OBP above league average for me to be at all impressed; .320 with a 4/1 K/BB ratio doesn't cut it. And as I pointed out in last week's NL Hit List, Espinosa's translations for his minor league work come out to a .208 True Average. I think it's dangerous to get too excited about his hot start at the big league level - call it the Taylor Teagarden effect. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm staring at using Alex Escobar or Ian Desmond every day at SS in an OBP/SLG redraft league. Maintain the course with two of my favorite preseason SS sleepers, or upgrade quickly?
(Will from Mactaquac)
I would upgrade if you can, but SS is an easy position to punt as well. I have Cesar Izturis in an AL-only league and don't even feel bad about it. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the job Mike Rizzo has done so far digging out from the Jim Bowden era in DC
(Drew W from NoVA)
Hard to say so far, although I like some things well enough. It isn't like picking Stephen Strasburg was all that surprising, however much phony drama was invested in the "will they/won't they" buildup. I'm glad to see Ian Desmond taken seriously, but Danny Espinosa's already coming into the picture, making for a nice problem to have. Weeping over the "expense" of employing Pudge seems overstated, there seems to be something coherent about what they're doing with the pitching staff (unlike Bowden's 'try everything' approach). We'll see, but I'm hopeful, and there really wasn't anywhere to go but up. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi CK - Love it! Any prospects that you have unexplained affinities for?
(iorg34 from Minny)
Todd Frazier, because the bat will play. I find myself hoping Zack Cozart gets taken seriously, given that Paul Janish isn't really a solution, and I'm interested in how Tommy Manzella pans out. It's hard not to like Scott Sizemore and Alex Avila for the Tigers. I'm interested in seeing how Jose Ceda's comeback goes. I think this is the year for Brandon Wood, or at least I hope so. I root for Hank Conger. I'm more fond of Ian Desmond and Shairon Martis than probably makes sense. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Desmond good enough to be the starting SS for the Nats? Or should they be looking for a short term fill-in?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Word on the street (which in part I think I heard from you, actually) is that he can field very well, and though it goes without saying he won't slug .561 in 2010 if he plays everyday, as long as he's passable at the plate and can field he's a valuable SS. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Desmond? Does his surprising September power help his case to start?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
I really like Desmond, and don't think his power spike's a transient phenomenon. Given that this ballclub just wasted more than two-thirds of a season's second-base starts on Andy Hernandez, Alberto Gonzalez, and Pete Orr, I think Desmond's bid for a middle-infield job should be on next year's list of "make it so." (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Desmond a future starting SS? By that I mean a decent one, because I suppose I could start if management was stupid enough.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
If I'm the Nationals he's my opening day SS next year, or goes into spring training with the job to lose. They'll be in a position to give Desmond a shot, and they really need to given that his 21 games this season is by no means a large enough sample to derive anything from. If Kevin Goldstein says he has the tools and could be a solid SS, I have no reason to think otherwise. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is your take on Ian Desmond?
(jon from Se)
I kind of believe it. The tools where always there -- I'd certainly give him a long look if I was Washington. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Desmond? Is he a starting SS for the next couple of years? Can he hit enough to start?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
He's had a pretty good year at two levels, but a lot of it is BABIP fueled. I'd like to see a repeat performance before I anoint him as a useful major league starter, especially given his numbers prior to 2009. How is his glove supposed to be? Shortstop is such a terrible offensive position that he doesn't need to hit to be a good starter. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Desmond is supposedly a GREAT fielder. Rangy with a nasty arm. So what are the chances that the Nats will have three real good defenders (him, Zim and Morgan) and move Guzman to 2B? Seems like the way to go...
(Charlie from Bethesda)
If he can field that well, then bring him up. If he's not a good hitter, he may not become one either, so if he's an upgrade due to the glove, let him at it. (Marc Normandin)

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DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableDPOTD #6 (featuring twice-busted prospect Paul Strand) is up, now loading up "Congratulations! Our records indicate that you reside within the continental United States! This game is blacked out, as are all other games! You're probably wondering what isn't blacked out. So are we."

Nice sequence in the Phillies-Nats game, E6 on Ian Desmond, Jimmy Rollins tries to score from second on the misplay, out at the plate. (Steven Goldman)

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