Werth Agrees To Deal With Nationals

Free agent outfielder Jayson Werth has agreed to a deal with the Washington Nationals, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).  Werth signing with the Nats would be a surprise, though the pairing does make sense.  Washington now has money to spend after losing Adam Dunn in free agency and needs to replace the bopper's bat in the lineup.

It was said earlier this week that the most serious suitors for Werth were the Phillies, Tigers, and Red Sox.  Boston met with Werth on Wednesday though contract terms were not discussed.

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki first reported that the two sides were nearing agreement.


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  1. Guest 5 years ago

    Log this into the “no one seen that coming” deal!!!

  2. M.Kit 5 years ago

    makes no sense for Werth, i doubt this

    • bbxxj 5 years ago

      If they give him the most money it makes sense for him. He already has his ring.

      • dizzle4 5 years ago

        Yeah, when Werth switched to Boras, you got the impression he just wanted the biggest payday.

      • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

        Nationals keep being spurned by FA’s when they offer more money and the FA’s don’t sign. Nationals need someone to take them serious, as they have a serious chance at least in 2012.

      • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

        Nationals keep being spurned by FA’s when they offer more money and the FA’s don’t sign. Nationals need someone to take them serious, as they have a serious chance at least in 2012.

    • Young team on the rise where he can make an impact. Why doesn’t this make any sense? Already won in Philly, doesn’t have to move that far, less pressure. If he signs first Crawford’s price is going to skyrocket between the Halo’s, Sox, Rangers and Yanks bidding on him.

  3. Sage 5 years ago

    lolwut?

  4. “And now for something completely different!”

  5. This is the best offseason ever.

  6. Natinals 5 years ago

    YES! I love Werth!

  7. I’d rather he leave the NL East. Could be a nice signing for the improving Nats though.

  8. Well, good replacement for Dunn, but they’re still a year from contending.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      He could put up similiar offensive numbers and defend really well from RF. thats like 10 wins added to their record!

    • Mick_Stepp 5 years ago

      There. They’re. Their. I know they sound alike but they’re three completely different words. Learn to pick the right one.

      Good boy!

      • Sorry fixed it. Typed too fast while I was posting.

      • HipNip2009 5 years ago

        Amazing how many people don’t know the difference, isn’t it? It happens all over the blogosphere. Public education has failed.

      • HipNip2009 5 years ago

        Your, you’re and yore. Two, too and to. More people are having trouble with those, too.

      • HipNip2009 5 years ago

        Your, you’re and yore. Two, too and to. More people are having trouble with those, too.

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    • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

      Good thing the contract is probably more than 1 year.

      • That wasn’t my point, but your (obviously) right. I’m just surprised they made a splash like this so soon.

      • That wasn’t my point, but your (obviously) right. I’m just surprised they made a splash like this so soon.

    • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

      Good thing the contract is probably more than 1 year.

  9. Cody 5 years ago

    Great we don’t get Agon now we won’t get Werth. Better hope we can get Belt and Crawford. Or were are F’ed.

    • This A’s fan has very little sympathy for Boston missing out on free agents. No offense intended to RSN, of course.

  10. Oh man, if this was target #2 ala the Sox-Gonzo master plan, it’s not looking good in Beantown…

    • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

      Now a bidding war is your last chance or either stick with Cameron.

    • redsox927 5 years ago

      one could say it’s not looking good, but my idea of the best case scenario was always to sign Beltre and trade for Upton.

      Those probably won’t happen either, BUT there’s still hope for my own personal “best case scenario”.

      If the sox were willing to give up their #1,3 and 6 prospects for one cheap season of AGON (and then signing him for close to what he’d get on the open market) they should be willing to do the same for a 23 year old kid signed for much much longer for much much less…

      Ellsbury
      Pedroia
      Youkilis
      Papi
      Beltre
      Drew
      Upton
      Salty
      Scutaro/Lowrie.

      What really scares me though, is the small sample size of Lowrie’s success last year brainwashing Theo into thinking he can take over at 3rd and Scutaro play SS full time. That would not be good for anybody involved.

    • redsox927 5 years ago

      one could say it’s not looking good, but my idea of the best case scenario was always to sign Beltre and trade for Upton.

      Those probably won’t happen either, BUT there’s still hope for my own personal “best case scenario”.

      If the sox were willing to give up their #1,3 and 6 prospects for one cheap season of AGON (and then signing him for close to what he’d get on the open market) they should be willing to do the same for a 23 year old kid signed for much much longer for much much less…

      Ellsbury
      Pedroia
      Youkilis
      Papi
      Beltre
      Drew
      Upton
      Salty
      Scutaro/Lowrie.

      What really scares me though, is the small sample size of Lowrie’s success last year brainwashing Theo into thinking he can take over at 3rd and Scutaro play SS full time. That would not be good for anybody involved.

  11. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    lolwut? This came way out of right field.

  12. NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

    So Nationals can sign big names!?! Great news.

    • MB923 5 years ago

      Well their owner is the richest in baseball, but still, I”m shocked by this. But good for them.

  13. turk1973 5 years ago

    Not really smart for him they have no chance of winning I guess all they do care about is money.

    • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

      no chance for winning? They have a pretty good team put together for 2012 and still with some money to spend, so long as other FA’s can take them serious.

  14. BoSoxSam 5 years ago

    If Werth is gone and A-Gon’s not looking likely, is Bostons backup plan Beltre+Crawford?

    Cause if it is, I’m -almost- okay with that.

  15. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    So the Red Sox, who were the favorites to get Gonzo and Werth………get nobody. Sweet parody!

    • elmedius 5 years ago

      sox still look good without either if they can bring beltre back.. remember they played without pedroia and youkilis for a good part of the season, and ellsbury for pretty much the whole season and still remained competitive. if beckett or lackey can rebound they still look good.

      • slider32 5 years ago

        Hello, they are getting killed and you are still optomistic. This is typical of the New England area. We only had a foot of snow!

        • redsox927 5 years ago

          How are they getting killed?? He’s got a point. They won 89 games playing without their leadoff hitter, allstar/MVP/GG/team leader/2nd hitter, and their cleanup hitter/MVP candidate/allstar/GG/team leader…

          they also had their all star closer have a down season, add to that Beckett and Lackey having little to no chance of being that bad collectively ever again and you’ve got yourself a team that still looks pretty good.

          Providing they can make one move offensively (crawford or beltre) they will be very very competitive.

          And a foot of snow isn’t all that much.. i remember having 4 feet of snow still on the ground as i looked for easter eggs as a child..

    • jt24 5 years ago

      sweeter than caroline!!

    • MaineSox 5 years ago

      That hurts Span… :(

    • DahGameVersion2 5 years ago

      Doesn’t mean that the Gonazalez trade isn’t out… just means that the window for a contract extension is gone.. still a possibilty he’ll be in Boston.. as for Werth eh

    • slider32 5 years ago

      This is huge for the Nationals! The owner has the money and is willing to spend it. This team will be good in 2 yrs. This gives hope to all the small market teams. Watch out Sox, you snooze, you loose.

  16. Guest 5 years ago

    what? i dont know what to say to this. im stunned

  17. At 31, seems like a bit of surprise for the Nats. I bet he is looking at a minimum of 5 years? Seems a bit steep for a team still at least 2 years from any serious chance at winning even 81 games.

  18. Tyler Sekula 5 years ago

    Wow…This is suprising actually.. They could be pretty good actually with Werth in there..maybe a way of attracting Lee to sign with them.

    What does this mean for the Red Sox? Are they really going to get shafted this badly this offseason?

  19. Gotta be some sick money involved!
    Now can we sign Magglio?

    • Guest 5 years ago

      and crawford. why is everyone saying the tigers are out of it for him

      • The next time Dave Dombrowski gets into a bidding war for a high priced free agent will be the first. Boston and the Angels now have one good choice for an outfield bat, and that’s Crawford. He figures to get more than Werth did. I don’t see the Tigers going that high.

    • Tigers need to lock down Magglio ASAP if reports of this deal are true, and then move on to locking down A COUPLE different back-end starters.

  20. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    and in something completely related, the pittsburgh pirates are about to sign cliff lee

  21. So…. Bryce Harper is the Nationals RF in 2014?

    • jwsox 5 years ago

      werth might move to 1st to fill the void there either this season or when harper is ready(probably like 2012) or werth could move to elft when bryce comes up

      • slider32 5 years ago

        If Berkman can play LF for the Cards than I would bring Harper right up to the bigs and stick him in Lf.

      • slider32 5 years ago

        If Berkman can play LF for the Cards than I would bring Harper right up to the bigs and stick him in Lf.

      • Natinals 5 years ago

        I dont see him at first. He has played left before. And a little center. But I’ve never seen him at first

      • Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

        Werth can play any OF position extremely well, no way they move him to 1b now. Maybe if Werth has lost some range in 4 years they move him to 1b so harper can play OF, but no time in the near future will he play anything other than OF.

  22. wow this came out of nowhere.

    I thought pitching was Washington’s main focus, why would they go all in for Werth??

    • Defense…that is their main focus, you could throw pitching into that general category as well. Probably the most legitimate reason they refused to sign Dunn past 3 years.

  23. …Must suck to be a Red Sox fan right about now…….and great to be a Yankee fan!

    • Sniderlover 5 years ago

      Why, what have they done except for overpaying Jeter?

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

        They don’t have to play a Red Sox team that could have had Werth and Gonzo. Neither do our Jays!

        • Sniderlover 5 years ago

          I’m happy about it. Would be happier if Yankees didn’t get Lee or Crawford either. Red Sox get no one.

          Automatically makes it Jays best off-season ever.

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

            I wouldn’t mind if the Yanks got Crawford, Jays already play against him in the AL East. Lee would worry me though.

          • mrmoss 5 years ago

            Yeah cause Rajai Davis is a difference maker in the AL East LOL

          • Sniderlover 5 years ago

            Clearly you didn’t understand what I was saying.

          • Sniderlover 5 years ago

            Clearly you didn’t understand what I was saying.

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

        They don’t have to play a Red Sox team that could have had Werth and Gonzo. Neither do our Jays!

    • fitz 5 years ago

      Not sure what’s so great about being a Yankees fan…

    • mrmoss 5 years ago

      Redsox get to keep future HOF ace Casey kelly though…also Jose Iglesias is a future star even though he couldnt even hit off a tee.And Kalish is a future MVP

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

        And Theo is going to be Mayor. Doesn’t that just make the Sox fans feel all fuzzy inside haha.

      • MB923 5 years ago

        Future HOF ace, I’ll keep that in mind. I remember Lars Anderson as the next Albert Pujols comments though.

      • asovermann 5 years ago

        *sniff* *sniff* is there a homer here?

    • It must suck being a fan of a 212 million dollar wildcard team,haha.Yankees suck

    • It must suck being a fan of a 212 million dollar wildcard team,haha.Yankees suck

  24. patburn 5 years ago

    this could be Boras leaking this to the press, so an American League club would up their offer for him. I hope it is true though, because I can’t wait to see his numbers plummet with no Ryan Howard to bat in front of him.

    • Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

      Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper are pretty good players to hit next to for the next few seasons. Josh Willingham isn’t too shabby either, but he’s probably gone after this signing.

      • stl_cards16 5 years ago

        I highly doubt Werth will be hitting next to Harper for the next couple seasons. Did the kid even turn 18 yet?

        • Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

          It tough to say, he’s so highly touted that I have heard as early as 2012 he could be up. Also about the comment of not having Ryan Howard to hit by, I would make the argument that Ryan Zimmerman is a tradeoff from Ryan Howard. Higher average but a little less power. And I know Werth also hit by Utley, but Utley was hurt for much of the season and Werth still proved he could perform without him.

      • stl_cards16 5 years ago

        I highly doubt Werth will be hitting next to Harper for the next couple seasons. Did the kid even turn 18 yet?

    • Good thought… maybe Boras seeing if they can get a knee-jerk premium offer from the Sox in light of the apparent missing out on Agon? Could be plausible…

    • Good thought… maybe Boras seeing if they can get a knee-jerk premium offer from the Sox in light of the apparent missing out on Agon? Could be plausible…

  25. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    calling it. 6/100

  26. jt24 5 years ago

    This easily has to be the worst day to be a sox fan

    EDIT: not anymore :(

    • Guest 5 years ago

      what about arron boone and bucky “you know what” dent. those must have been the worst.

      • jt24 5 years ago

        True so let me rephrase, this easily has to be the worst offseason day to be a red sox fan

    • NomarGarciaparra 5 years ago

      Yeah first I read about the Gonzo deal falling through…then Werth signing with the Nats?!?!?

      Yes of course there is still Crawford, but now that Werth is gone, Crawford’s price is gonna go through the roof! 3 (maybe 4) team with cash to burn (Red Sox, Angels, Tigers, Yankees) all bidding on one outfield…this is going to be insane!

    • NomarGarciaparra 5 years ago

      Yeah first I read about the Gonzo deal falling through…then Werth signing with the Nats?!?!?

      Yes of course there is still Crawford, but now that Werth is gone, Crawford’s price is gonna go through the roof! 3 (maybe 4) team with cash to burn (Red Sox, Angels, Tigers, Yankees) all bidding on one outfield…this is going to be insane!

    • missyae 5 years ago

      Amen! Just wait for the craptastic conference when we sign Beltre.

  27. Came out of nowhere you guys are crazy. This deal has long been in the making everyone who knows anything about the nats knew this was going on, its been all over the place. My sources have been telling me this for awhile. Crawford isnt going to sign with LAA/NYY/Boston either, hes going to sign with the padres, or so my sources say. Also pitts is in on lee.

    Oh and I forgot, “Generic how this effects boston and how the fans are hitting the panic button and pissing blood and yanks rejoicing comment”

  28. LOL So nats can give money away to sign players and A’s cant?

    A’s at least were .500 last yr and with a great pitching staff. The bay area is a great place to live and one of the biggest media markets in the usa.

    Of course it comes back to the stadium

  29. Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

    whoa!! i wonder how much the nats are shelling out to sway Werth their way??

  30. Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

    This really reminds me of when Detroit got Magglio. A great veteran presence to add to the lineup with good defense. This makes Josh Willingham tradeable and they could net a good return for him and his .380 OBP, or plug him in the lineup at LF with Zimmerman and Werth and have a great heart of the order, especially with Bryce Harper on the Way.

  31. Yankeeboy11 5 years ago

    Boy oh boy are the sox screwed if Crawford signs with LA and the Agon deal doesn’t go down.

  32. BravesRed 5 years ago

    7-years is deep. Have fun with that Nationals.

  33. Good to see that the Nats are serious about trying to win.

  34. Tyler Sekula 5 years ago

    7 Years according to Heyman.. wow.. My guess:7/119?? 17 per? too much…to little?

    • BravesRed 5 years ago

      He was looking for about 6/90, so which is $15 per year. So, go about 7/105-110.

      • Tyler Sekula 5 years ago

        ahh okay.. i would think they Nats need to blow him out of the water for him to sign there though..especially with the news that Boston’s deal has fallen through.. I would expect them to overpay for him.

  35. Tyler Sekula 5 years ago

    7 Years according to Heyman.. wow.. My guess:7/119?? 17 per? too much…to little?

  36. Werth is a good player but to have him as the face of your team making big time money makes no sense at all.Now i can see why the Nats are in last place year year.The Nats have a bad farm system as well so the future doesnt look good at all

  37. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    7 years! oh my goodness!!!

    I LOVE BASEBALL!!!!

  38. cayanksfan 5 years ago

    Wow! I thought he’d endup in Boston!?! The outfield market is VERY thin next year.

  39. SneakyLongBalls 5 years ago

    Business is picking up
    I wonder if Theo is now scratching his head wondering why he didn’t sign Bay last off season??? 4/66 probably doesn’t look so bad now Theo

    • Theo scrathing his head about Bay are you kidding me.Bay has to be the biggest flop in the 2009 free agent class

      • SneakyLongBalls 5 years ago

        You do realize he played under 100 games right. Yes, he did struggle some
        Your missing the point that now if they want the likes of Crawford, Gonzalez or Beltre, the price will be HUGE!

      • SneakyLongBalls 5 years ago

        You do realize he played under 100 games right. Yes, he did struggle some
        Your missing the point that now if they want the likes of Crawford, Gonzalez or Beltre, the price will be HUGE!

    • Theo scrathing his head about Bay are you kidding me.Bay has to be the biggest flop in the 2009 free agent class

  40. SneakyLongBalls 5 years ago

    Business is picking up
    I wonder if Theo is now scratching his head wondering why he didn’t sign Bay last off season??? 4/66 probably doesn’t look so bad now Theo

  41. 7 years?! Ouch the Nats won’t like that contract in about 3 years, especially once he’s not playing in that Philly bandbox

  42. WOW. My respect for the Nationals has went up two fold. That team is serious about being a contender.

  43. Sky is falling on Fenway.

  44. missyae 5 years ago

    Theo just had a mini-stroke

  45. HipNip2009 5 years ago

    Well, Red Sox Nation, you’ve lost the chance to sign Werth, now it looks like the AGon trade is not going to get done, the Rangers or Angels looks like where Crawford is going to end up, so it looks like Theo is left holding the bag. Not a good day.

  46. Good for them. Willingham to 1B?

  47. Good for them. Willingham to 1B?

  48. slider32 5 years ago

    Well at least you have the Patriots! You could be living in Cleveland.

  49. tigers22 5 years ago

    Wow, that came out of left field. We need to get Mags signed asap now

  50. derekbellstutu 5 years ago

    Werth signing with the Nationals is the best news for Red Sox fans. Werth won’t be worth the money. Losing out on A-Gon won’t be the end of the world for Boston either if they’re able to bring back Beltre and sign Crawford.

  51. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    Already the biggest overpayment of the off-season.

  52. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    So the Sox may have lost out on A-gon and definitely lost out on Werth in the same day. I was so happy yesterday too. I haven’t felt this insane drop in emotion about the Sox since the 2003 ALCS.

  53. Caruso: I guess you could say the Red Sox areā€¦ Werthless.

  54. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    This is awesome I’m so happy about this!!!

    I agree with you this is such a good move!!!

  55. Natinals 5 years ago

    I had a feeling he would come here. A shy guy like him in New York and Boston in the limelight doesnt match up well

  56. Natinals 5 years ago

    Yeah Werth was always the only guy I liked on the Phils. Now if they get Greinke, this MIGHT make up for the Dunn loss

  57. Glad he’s not a Tiger ey? Me too.

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