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Washington's Ian Desmond draws a walk during the fourth inning of Monday's 2-0 Opening Day victory over the Marlins at Nationals Park. Desmond said he is in no hurry to sign an extension, but now that Texas' Elvis Andrus — a fellow shortstop — has a new $120 million deal, there is a baseline for future negotiations. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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