WASHINGTON -- It would not come as a surprise if shortstop Ian Desmond and the Nationals' front office talked about a contract extension sometime this offseason.
Desmond will be arbitration eligible and it was learned through a baseball source that the Desmond camp and the Nationals' front office had preliminary talks about a contract extension earlier this season.
However, Desmond put a stop to the talks because he did not want negotiations to be a distraction. According to the source, Desmond cared more about winning. Desmond and general manager Mike Rizzo were not available for comment.
As of Wednesday, both sides have yet to talk again about a contract extension.
Manager Davey Johnson has often compared Desmond to Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, the best player Johnson ever managed. Desmond lived up to those expectations in 2012, hitting .292 with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs -- all career highs.