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FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, Texas Rangers' Ian Desmond, right, celebrates with Rougned Odor (12) after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Ryan Madson during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Desmond wasn’t the biggest name on the free agent market, not by a longshot. But his big first half has helped Texas take a commanding lead in the AL West, and he’s been one of the most successful new acquisitions in baseball so far in 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond scores from third base on a wild pitch thrown by Colorado Rockies starting pitcher David Hale during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, right, crosses the plate in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, August 10, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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New York Yankees left fielder Ramon Flores, right, slides safely into third base as the ball skips away from Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) on a bad throw from shortstop Ian Desmond during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in New York. Flores scored on the play and Desmond was charged with an error. The Yankees won 6-1. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, center, stands on the mound alongside shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and catcher Wilson Ramos in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, left, celebrates his solo home run with Ian Desmond, who also hit a solo home run during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, right, jokes with Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, left, after hitting a double in the second inning during a spring training baseball exhibition game, Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Talks have stalled between the Nationals and shortstop Ian Desmond, who is slated to become a free agent after the season.

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Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is entering the final season of a two-year, $17.5 million contract. He wants to stay a National, but is aware of trade rumors. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals Anthony Rendon (6) is congratulated by teammate Ian Desmond (20) after Rendon scored on a double by Wilson Ramos against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Aaron Barrett (30) speaks with teammate Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond after Barrett gave up a run on a wild pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning during Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) high-fives Ian Desmond after they both scored in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) strikes out with two on in the eight inning as the Washington Nationals play the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Washington, D.C., Friday, October 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) strikes out with bases loaded to end the sixth inning as the Washington Nationals play the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Washington, D.C., Friday, October 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) strikes out with bases loaded to end the sixth inning as the Washington Nationals play the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Washington, D.C., Friday, October 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28), right, warm up together before they play the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Washington, D.C., Friday, October 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28), right, chat with Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo, center, before they play the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Washington, D.C., Friday, October 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28), right, warm up together before they play the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Washington, D.C., Friday, October 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond (20) and Bryce Harper share congratulations after the Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-3 in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Washington Nationals' Denard Span (2), Ian Desmond (20) and others celebrate an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)