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Padres rumors: San Diego interested in Ian Desmond

San Diego could add the veteran shortstop this winter.

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San Diego is seeking shortstop depth and is having ongoing conversations with free agent Ian Desmond, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.

Why this rumor makes sense

Morosi adds the deal would likely be ideal for both sides but nothing appears to be close to complete.

Desmond, 30, has proven to be valuable despite a 2015 campaign during which he batted .233/.290/.384 to complement 19 home runs and 62 RBIs.

Over the last four seasons, Desmond has hit 88 home runs and would add a notable power bat to the Padres' lineup. Matt Kemp is the only San Diego outfielder to hit over 15 home runs last season and as a result San Diego is likely to upgrade.

Alexi Amarista batted .204 and only hit a pair of home runs last season and could better be suited giving the Padres an additional left-handed hitter on the bench.

The deal would likely prove to be mutually beneficial because of the opportunity for Desmond to play every day. Beyond the White Sox potentially considering an upgrade over Tyler Saladino, there does not appear to be another club seeking shortstop help.

Desmond to the Padres could end up making sense for both sides.

Why this rumor does not make sense

While Desmond signing with the Padres appears to be logical, the only thing that might prevent a deal from getting done is the contract Desmond demands.

Desmond declined a qualifying offer from the Nationals, but since the Padres' pick is protected, it is unlikely that becomes a factor in the decision.

There are not many other shortstops for the Padres to consider. However, if Desmond is hoping to land a six or seven year deal worth close to $80 or $90 million, San Diego could turn to other options.

Likeliness overall: 8/10

There is a slim chance Desmond's price is too high for the Padres. But a deal for both sides appears to make too much sense.