Sunday, December 05, 2010

Nationals lose Dunn, sign Jason Werth, was it worth it?


We have our first official free-agent shocker of the winter. In a move first reported by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com , 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.

The Nationals signed the free agent outfielder to a seven-year, $126MM deal. In case any doubt remained, this deal shows that it's a good time to be a free agent. Werth turned three productive seasons into the third biggest deal a free agent outfielder has ever signed.

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.


Werth by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
SEASON TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2002 Tor 15 46 4 12 2 1 0 6 6 11 1 0 .261 .340 .348 .688
2003 Tor 26 48 7 10 4 0 2 10 3 22 1 0 .208 .255 .417 .672
2004 LA 89 290 56 76 11 3 16 47 30 85 4 1 .262 .338 .486 .824
2005 LA 102 337 46 79 22 2 7 43 48 114 11 2 .234 .338 .374 .712
2007 Phi 94 255 43 76 11 3 8 49 44 73 7 1 .298 .404 .459 .863
2008 Phi 134 418 73 114 16 3 24 67 57 119 20 1 .273 .363 .498 .861
2009 Phi 159 571 98 153 26 1 36 99 91 156 20 3 .268 .373 .506 .879
2010 Phi 156 554 106 164 46 2 27 85 82 147 13 3 .296 .388 .532 .920
Total -- 775 2519 433 684 138 15 120 406 361 727 77 11 .272 .367 .481 .848

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