Jayson Werth will be wearing a familiar red uniform, but it won’t be with the Phillies. Werth has just signed a seven year, $126 million deal with the Washington Nationals.
By today’s standards, close to $18 million is not nearly as shocking as the SEVEN YEARS that will carry Werth through to the age of 38 and the fact that he’s going from a World Series contender to a team that tends spend most of its time in the cellar.
This lengthy contract will also set a precedent for upcoming free agent contract negotiations which I’m sure team general managers are not too happy about.
If Strasburg can bounce back from TJ surgery and Bryce Harper can live up to his hype, the Nats might now be posed to improve their profile in the league. Either way, Jayson Werth is the real winner here, and may be the only winner, except, of course, Werth's agent.