Jayson Werth is a fantastic athlete. Werth can steal a base when needed, runs the bases well, and is a plus defender with a very good arm. He has above average power and has proven that he can hit in the clutch on the big stage.
While Werth is a very good baseball player indeed, the Washington Nationals decision to pay Jayson Werth, who will be 32 years old two months into the 2011 season, $126 million over 7 years ($18 mill per year) is comically insane. Decisions like this are why the Washington Nationals are who they are and will never be an elite franchise.
There is no doubt that Werth is a good player, but it's not like he is the last piece to the puzzle that will put the Nationals over the top. On the Phillies, Werth was a role player and could flourish as he was surrounded by other players who were the main focus. With the Nationals, the entire "show" is going to revolve around Werth and Ryan Zimmerman.
Zimmerman is a fine all around player too. In fact, one could argue that he's the best defender at his position in the game. Neither one of these guys however are going to be mistaken for Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera or any other one of the hand full of players in the game who can carry a team by themselves. Take a look aat the stats or Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman and see for yourselves.
You don't often have GM's in the league criticizing their peers, but in this case the deal was so silly that GM's would look foolish if they tried to justify when questioned about it. I thought new Mets GM, Sandy Alderson, said it best;
"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."
There is a reason that agent Scott Boras did not have his client shopping around for the best deal until the last moment. It's because the best deal Werth could have possibly gotten was the first one he received!
The happiest guy in America right now isn't Jayson Werth, it's Carl Crawford...... - Peter Costa (a.k.a. Roto Loser)
Pete is a serious Rotisserie participant playing the same league with the same guys for 19 years. Not only has Peter never finished in the money; he's now finished last 15 times and no higher than 10th (in a league with 14 guys). Join us in following Peter's trials, tribulations and frustrations, as he attempts to navigate his way out of the basement again in 2011.
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