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Werth signs with Nationals

Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:43 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 9:07 pm
 Jayson Werth
We have our first official free-agent shocker of the winter. In a move first reported by Todd Zolecki of , outfielder Jayson Werth, one of the top free agents on the market, is joining the Nationals. Several other outlets have confirmed the news.

The Nationals have been making it clear they have money to spend, but seemed unlikely to be able to lure top players in their prime because they don't appear poised to win any time soon. Washington has finished last in the National League East six of the past seven years. Conventional wisdom is that losers have to overpay for star players, and considering agent Scott Boras' position that Werth was the top offensive player available, that could mean the former Phillie scored a monster deal.

Jon Heyman of reports that it's a seven-year contract, but no dollar figures have yet been reported. The Nationals have an announcement scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern

The Nationals had said their primary goal this winter was to get an ace pitcher, but after losing Adam Dunn to the White Sox, apparently they decided to spend their Dunn money to make a big play for a replacement bat. Werth would certainly constitute a big play.

UPDATE: Several reports have confirmed the deal as being worth (get it? worth ?) $126 million. As Jeff Passan of Yahoo notes, that's the same total value as the deals for Barry Zito and Vernon Wells. So, make of that what you will.

UPDATE: For Red Sox fans wanting to know how Boston let Werth slip away, is reporting the Red Sox offered him three years with an option fourth, at an average of $16 million. Werth took seven years at $18 million per. Not that they should have been, but the Red Sox weren't even in the neighborhood.

UPDATE: Paople around baseball are reacting with shock to the terms of the Werth deal, and at least one, Mets GM Sandy Alderson, even took a little shot at the Nationals. Speaking to reporters at the Winter Meetings, he said, "It makes some of our contracts look pretty good. That's a long time and a lot of money. I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington."

UPDATE: If you're interested in precisely what Werth has to say about the signing, Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider is in the process of transcribing his introductory conference call with Washington reporters. You can check it out here.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:48 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

3 years ago the Red Sox gave J.D.Drew 14 million for 5 years.Now Werth gets 18 for 7. Where does it end.At this rate bench warmers will be getting 10-12 mil a year.
  Funny how small market teams just about always find a way to get in the playoffs. Money doesn't always buy championships.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:24 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

Many comments centered around Werth's greed, (Imagine that, in a world where everyone lives by the pay to play theory.)  Jayson, I have rooted for you as a member of my favorite team for the past three years, and think that you provided many benefits to our entire organization and city.  With that being said, I am very happy you got the money you wanted, and even happier that the Phils did not give that to you.  It would have crippled both of us, and left your image in the toilet in this city (even worse than it may get to now, but please ignore the Eagles fans that carry over into the summer league).  Good luck Jayson, except for when you come back to Philly.  I know you will hit some homers against us and am prepared for that, but rest assured you have done what almost any person would have, although the fans try to rationalize that they would stay at their jobs even when another company offered them a considerably higher salary.  Let's be real, you did good for us, and thank you.  Good luck with the rest of your career.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 8:23 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

This is an absolute joke for a contract...if jayson werth is getting 18 million, then crawford is looking at 20 million at least. These long-term contracts have got to go. 3 to 4 yr contract with club or player options need to be considered. The nats are crazy to think werth is gonna be a prime player for seven yrs cause very few have produced on a high level to deserve the full amount of their contract. Its time the owners got their heads out of their asses and realize there setting themselves up for disaster. When pujols contract is done he primed to get at least 30 or more based on these contracts...

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 8:17 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

Jayson Werth is an outstanding baseball player.  As a Phillies fan I am extremely sad to see him go.  I do not begrudge him getting every penny that he possibly can.  The offer washington made must have been so much better than any other teams were willing to offer.  If there was anything close from a competitive team, I have to think he would have gone in that direction.  I do not understand what Washington is doing though.  Giving a 7 year contract to a 31 year old player does not seem to be very fiscally sound.  I realize they need to have some veteran players as a foundation for rtheir youth movement, but that is a lot of money to pay when Strasberg is going to miss next year and the youth movement is just really beginning.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:46 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

Well the Nationals got rid of Dunn they should get a good outfield and Jason Werth would be good for there team

Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:34 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

I must say this one leaves me scratching my head. But what we have here is a typical Boras client who chose money over a contender. Yes Boras does get them the money, but does he get them happinesss? By the time Washington even becomes a contender, Jayson will be wrapping up this big fat contract. I think he should have waited a little bit and take in all the offers.

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:00 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

This is a crazy signing. Not so much because the Nationals aren't likely to be serious contenders for a world championship, but because the number of years and the total dollar amount reported. Werth is not worth that deal...end of story. He can be a nice extra piece, but this dollar amount puts him squarely as the central component of this offense. For a guy who was nearly last in MLB in batting average with RISP as well as with two out, he is not a player to build your offense around. Plus his age will be a major concern in the final three years of this contract. The National overpaid by a huge amount.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 6:16 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

I can't wait for the press conference to hear him say " I just want to win" and " I always wanted to be a National".

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 5:50 pm

Werth signs with Nationals


    Thats because ESPN is crap.  They don't care about hot stove baseball on an NFL sunday.  I pray every night that the NBA and NFL are locked out next season and the NHL tells ESPN to go scratch like ESPN did to them after their lock out.  Then an hour long sportcenter will be nothing but college sports, soccer and poker.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 5:43 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

Wow  !! The Nats are for REAL!!! Im glad to see them trying to compete. Unlike all the other teams that just TNats they have aANK IT every year!!! It gets OLD!!!!! I think they have a pretty good team already. If they add another bat and a SP they will be a hard team to beat!

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