MLB Trade Rumors: Washington Nationals May Be Shopping Ian Desmond

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has seen his name come up in a number of MLB trade rumors. At this point, though, there are conflicting reports over whether the Nationals actually want to trade him.

Yahoo! Sports' lead baseball writer Jeff Passan is reporting that the Nationals are heavily shopping Desmond around, with a few teams interested.

The Nationals are actively shopping SS Ian Desmond, with San Francisco and Boston among the teams showing interest. Good fit for TB, too.

However, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports the exact opposite. Prior to the Nationals' game against the Dodgers, Kilgore wrote this:

The Nationals have received several inquiries about shortstop Ian Desmond, but they are hesitant to trade the 25-year-old. Desmond is hitting .228/.276/.314 this season. Rizzo considers Desmond part of the Nationals' future core group, and "we've made it pretty clear we're not moving core pieces," Rizzo said.

If the Nationals do move Desmond, it would be because they like Steve Lombardozzi, an infielder in AAA. Lombardozzi would play second base and Danny Espinosa would move to shortstop.

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