Feb 28, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) bats against the New York Mets in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Desmond rejected $90 million offer from Nationals


Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond avoided arbitration earlier this year by agreeing to a 2-year, $17.5 million contract. Apparently, it could have been so much more.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Monday morning that the 28-year old Silver Slugger shortstop turned down a contract offer that was at least for 6-years and $90 million. The contract would have been the fifth-biggest for shortstops, but Desmond could be looking to garner something along the lines of what Elvis Andrus of the Rangers got.

Desmond has put up great numbers over the last two years, earning two Silver Slugger awards. Last season, he played in 158 games, putting up a .280/.331/.453 slash line with 20 homers and 80 RBI. FanGraphs also pegs him as being a 10.0 WAR player, the most valuable among shortstops since 2012.

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