Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ian Desmond wins Nationals' SS job

The Washington Nationals have named rookie Ian Desmond as the team's starting shortstop to begin the 2010 season.

This is one of those moves that we can make to help the club this year and in the future,” [Nationals manager Jim] Riggleman said.

Provided Desmond doesn't struggle too much in the role, Cristian Guzman, last year's starting shortstop, will remain a utility player that could certainly be dealt mid-season.

"We have not made any calls and we haven't taken any calls about a trade," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said about Cristian Guzman, per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Guzman, who's in the final year of his two-year contract, hit .284 last season after hitting .316 in 2008.

Through Sunday's game against the Braves, Desmond leads the Nationals in runs batted in (14) this spring.

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