Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, a pending free agent, is drawing interest from several teams, including his current club, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
After struggling in the first half to the tune of a .211/.255/.334 line, Desmond has turned things around after the All-Star break, hitting .293/.358/.544 with 10 home runs in 41 games, raising his OPS to .688 on the season. He also has just three errors in the second half after committing 20 in the first half of 2015.
Among the teams interested in Desmond this offseason are his current employer, the Nationals, because there is some uncertainty whether top prospect Trea Turner can play shortstop full-time.
Other teams interested in Desmond include the Diamondbacks, Mariners, Mets, Padres and Twins, all of whom have had issues at shortstop this season.
Arizona in particular could use Desmond's offense as current shortstop Nick Ahmed is hitting just .213/.264/.316 in 117 games this season, though he does have a better glove than Desmond. The Mets have also been linked to big-name shortstops for the past several seasons, but still have Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada manning the position and could be on the look for an upgrade.
The Twins are an intriguing destination for Desmond, as they have shortstops Jorge Polanco and Nick Gordon coming through their system, but could use a short-term solution there and could shift Desmond to second base when Polanco and/or Gordon are ready for the majors.
In addition to the teams lacking a shortstop, big money teams like the Yankees and Dodgers could enter the Desmond sweepstakes, as well. The Yankees would look for Desmond to play second base next to Didi Gregorius and Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a free agent after 2015, not to mention that he is 36 years old.
It looks as if the market for Desmond will be robust this offseason and he will be a wealthy man wherever he winds up.