June 20, 2015 12:26 PM | Written by Anthony Caruso III, Publisher
There’s no secret that the New York Yankees will make a play for Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond this off-season when he becomes a free agent. However, with him struggling now, the Nats could make the 29-year-old available now.
The Yankees could step up to get him now, or leading up to the July 31st trade deadline. But they would have to give up prospects, and possibly even pro players, in return for Desmond. If they signed him in the off-season, it would likely only cost them a draft pick, which is not as available to the Yankees, as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
Desmond was absent from the Nationals lineup last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Some say it is a breathier, but there’s more into it than that.
He has a .224 batting average in 67 games with five home runs and 18 RBI’s. However, his last hit came three days ago against the Tampa Bay Rays when he went one-for-four.
Since June 12th, Desmond has just three hits in 27 at-bats. Besides the hit on June 17th, he had two hits against the Rays the day prior, as well.
He hasn’t hit a home run since June 7th against the Chicago Cubs.
With the Yankees, he would likely move to second base. But he hasn’t played there in the past five seasons because he played 154 games at short last season and 66 games this season.
At the moment, the Yankees have Stephen Drew at second. However, he’s only under a one-year contract at $5 million.
Early on in his career, Desmond split time between second, short, and right field during the 2009 season. He made five starts at second that season with 39 2/3 innings at the position with a .923 fielding percentage.