Werth Signs with Nationals
Jayson Werth has signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals.
Sources told MLB.com this afternoon Werth’s agent Scott Boras was close to a deal with the Nationals. The Nationals figure to have money to spend after losing free agent Adam Dunn to the Chicago White Sox. Werth would help replace Dunn’s bat in the middle of the Nationals lineup.
It also would create a hole in the Phillies lineup. Werth had an .889 on-base-plus-slugging percentage the past three seasons, which ranked 10th in baseball for right-handed hitters and fifth among right-handed-hitting outfielders. His 87 home runs ranked eighth among right-handed hitters and second among right-handed-hitting outfielders (Ryan Braun ranked first with 94 homers).
Werth also stole 53 bases and played good defense.
The Phillies figured to lose Werth via free agency, so they already have been looking at alternate plans. One is staying in-house with Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown or Ross Gload platooning in right field. The other is going outside and bringing in somebody like Matt Diaz, Jeff Francoeur, Carlos Quentin, Scott Hairston and possibly others.