Washington Nationals Sign Jayson Werth for 7 years, $126 Million

On a day where the Red Sox may have become the biggest losers of the MLB off-season by missing out on San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez, Jayson Werth worth became the clear-cut winner.  The Winter Meetings are a day away, but the former Phillies outfielder is going to go down as baseball’s luckiest man of the year after signing with the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

Washington signed Werth to a seven-year, $126 million deal.  It’s a big splash for the Nationals, who are trying to add some established stars to their crop of young talent, but the length of the deal is outrageous.  Werth will be 32 years old in May.  He’s hit over 80 RBI and surpassed 25 home runs only twice in his career.  Werth also struck out more than 140 times during those two seasons, which were his last two with the Phillies.

I guess that’s why Scott Boras is the best in the business.  Ryan Howard is the same age as Werth and a perennial 40-plus homer 125-plus RBI guy, yet the Phillies caught a ton of flack for signing him to a five-year, $125 million extension.  Somehow Boras convinced Washington to sign Werth through age 39 at top dollar.  Come to think of it, I may even assume someone from the Nationals’ front office was drunk when this entire thing went down.

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    This is one of the worst contracts I’ve seen in ages. Vernon Wells thinks that’s a ton of money for an outfielder.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YG6D7BFWODXGAZJDDOZ3HTWNCY Steve

    Okay, yes Jayson Werth’s contract is outrageous, an incredibly stupid move by the Nationals to sign a guy for $18 mil a year through age 39. But can we stop bringing up strikeouts as a reason to knock a guy? Seriously, who cares? Here are a list of people who had more strikeouts than Werth in 2010: Adam Dunn, David Wright, Ryan Howard and Dan Uggla, to name a few. Joey Votto struck out 125 times. I’ll put those guys in my lineup any day.

    Strikeouts aren’t good, but they’re just outs. Relax. Would it make you feel better if he popped out to third instead?

  • Anonymous

    I agree that strikeouts aren’t a tell-all, Steve. But we didn’t make a huge deal out of it, either. It’s one sentence in the post. Power hitters strike out a lot — that’s a given. That doesn’t make it a useless stat, however. To say that strikeouts are “just outs” is understating them a bit. Yes, a strikeout and a pop out to the infield are the same, but you conveniently chose that type of out to make your point. What if the game is tied in the 9th with no out and a runner on second. Would you rather a strikeout or a ground out to the right side? Strikeouts certainly aren’t a deal breaker, but you can’t say striking out a lot means nothing.

    That being said, Werth’s strikeout total has very, very, very little to do with why the deal is absurd.

  • http://twitter.com/alanhull1 Alan Hull

    High, high strikeout totals lead to low batting averages, which ham-string a player’s ability to get on base. It is significant, especially since he won’t have good left-handed protection in the lineup with Dunn gone.

  • Anonymous

    That’s not true. Some of the players with the highest strikeout totals also have a high amount of walks because they are patient at the plate. Jayson Werth is one of those guys. Adam Dunn, for example, has a low batting average but has high OBPs every year because of those walks. Which is why batting average is another terrible stat to use to measure a player’s worth.

  • Anonymous

    And what if he strikes out instead of grounding into a double play? It’s a wash in the end. Strikeouts are worse than some outs, better than others. The point is, why are you choosing to isolate one particular type of out as if it’s somehow much worse than the others?