Nationals Sign Jayson Werth

Scott Boras landed Jayson Werth a nine-figure contract with a surprise suitor this afternoon. 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.

Manny Ramirez ($160MM, 2000) and Alfonso Soriano ($136MM, 2006) are the only outfielders to sign bigger deals than Werth's. Interestingly, Vernon Wells and Barry Zito both signed deals worth exactly as much as the one Boras just negotiated with the Nationals.

The Phillies offered Werth, a Type A free agent, arbitration, but will not receive the Nats' first-round pick as compensation because Washington's pick is protected. Philadelphia will instead receive the Nats' second-round pick and and a compensatory sandwich-round pick.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo appears to have a strong relationship with Boras. The two worked out deals for number one overall selections Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in 2009 and 2010.

It was said earlier this week that the most serious suitors for the 31-year-old were the Phillies, Tigers, and Red Sox.  Those three teams were all in on Werth up until the end, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  While Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that Boston got up to four years on Werth, Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears the Sox never made a formal contract offer to the outfielder.

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki first reported that the two sides were nearing agreement.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) confirmed the deal, Jon Heyman of SI (via Twitter) first reported the length of the contract and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported the deal's terms (via Twitter). Rosenthal later tweeted the financial breakdown. Werth's $4MM signing bonus will be payable between January 2011 and January 2012, and his annual salaries are as follows: $10MM, $13MM, $16MM, $20MM, $21MM, $21MM, and $21MM.


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482 Comments on "Nationals Sign Jayson Werth"


Andrew Sapiro
4 years 8 months ago

What a surprise, didn’t expect this.

rockfordone
4 years 8 months ago

Nice player to add Nats

BravesRed
4 years 8 months ago

Nice player, but not at that many years.

HipNip2009
4 years 8 months ago

Exactly. Boras found yet another sucker.

timmah_55
4 years 8 months ago

7 years $126 million… sounds like Barry Zito’s contract. Boras like those numbers.

oleosmirf
4 years 8 months ago

might be the worst contract in the history of the league right there…

monster55
4 years 8 months ago

Barry Zito? Ryan Howard? Vernon Wells? A-Rod? Mike Hampton?

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

How the hell was the Ryan Howard contract bad? Same with A-Rod (as of right now) and Vernon Wells, and it isn’t worth the amount of money he’s making, but Zito is not posting an ERA at 5.

monster55
4 years 8 months ago

I was about to respond to your response with a WAR/$ breakdown for Vernon Wells and then tell you to simply ask any Jays fan anywhere what they feel about Vernon (hint: they’ll say he can’t hit and he should be a corner OF), but then I felt your second sentence was too incomprehensible to warrant a full response.

As for Howard, I’ll be brief statistically: wOBA vs LHP .329; wOBA vs RHP 424. Can’t hit lefties at all and won’t get any better. And he is he average at best defensively. 8 more years. 25 million per in a few years for a first baseman.

Do I really need to explain A-Rod? I’m a die-hard Yankees fan who has been defending A-Rod from his detractors within the Yankee fanbase. Just look at his contract. 30 million or something? He is an all-time great, but at this point only Pujols should be considered for that type of money.

As for Zito, I have no idea what you are trying to say about him, so I’ll just say that the Giants left him off of the playoff roster……. and that ought to say enough about the contract right there.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

howards is terrible…

oleosmirf
4 years 8 months ago

none of those guys signed those deals at Werth’s age(with only 3 good years under his belt) and he will never reach the numbers he had in Philly ever again. not to mention that the numbers he did put up arent even that great in the first place.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

ryanhoward

oleosmirf
4 years 8 months ago

might be the worst contract in the history of the league right there…

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

Nice player to cripple the Nats.

MB923
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, never would have thought that.

Johnny_Felix
4 years 8 months ago

To quote the prolific New York poets Wu-Tang…CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME

Yankeefan4life
4 years 8 months ago

Holy crap!

phillies08
4 years 8 months ago

This is a joke….right?

Natinals
4 years 8 months ago

HA!

John LeClair
4 years 8 months ago

Wow Now its even worse to be a Sox fan :(

drabidea
4 years 8 months ago

Till 5 years from now when Werth’s legs and arms fall off

Ian_Smell
4 years 8 months ago

His beard is most likely to go first.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, did not expect that at all.That should appease the restless Nationals fans.

Though I must say 7 years seems like a lot, I definitely wouldn’t want my team to commit that many years to him, though I guess we’ll wait for the dollar figures,

Donskoy
4 years 8 months ago

That’s exactly what I was thinking. It may be a terrible signing eventually but, at the moment, it’s a big free agent signing that will hopefully attract fans to National games until the likes of Strasburg and Harper are recovered/in the majors.

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

LOL. The Red Sox are gonna be terrible next year. They have no one to get now. HAHA.

MB923
4 years 8 months ago

Crawford maybe

HipNip2009
4 years 8 months ago

Angels or Rangers for Crawford.

MB923
4 years 8 months ago

Why the Rangers? They already have Cruz, Hamilton, Murphy, Borbon.

I say Angels or Red Sox.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

you forgot detroit.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

you forgot detroit.

Sixto_Lezcano
4 years 8 months ago

Crawford is going to want an 8-year deal at the least now. If Boston wouldn’t give A-Gon 8 years, how are they going to give Crawford that much?

Sixto_Lezcano
4 years 8 months ago

Crawford is going to want an 8-year deal at the least now. If Boston wouldn’t give A-Gon 8 years, how are they going to give Crawford that much?

flickadave
4 years 8 months ago

Carl Crawford, Cliff Lee, yep, no one left at all.

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

That’s right the Yankees won’t get at least one of those two guys if not both. STOP RATIONALIZING!

flickadave
4 years 8 months ago

How many will the Jays get? I’m not RATIONALIZING! I’m just laughing at the idea that Lee and Crawford are nobodies. I think that you need to also remember that the AGon deal isn’t permanently dead. At least not yet.

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

LMAO when did I say Lee and Crawford are nobodies. Don’t put words in my mouth. The odds of the Yankees not getting both of those guys are slim. Therefore, they’re out of the Red Sox’s reach. So who are they going to get? No one.

4 years 8 months ago

‘The odds of the Yankees not getting both of those guys are slim’. Uhhhh, que?

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

LOL. If you can’t understand that you don’t understand English.

4 years 8 months ago

crawford to the angels or tigers

4 years 8 months ago

shut up your a nyy fan posing as a blue jays fan get over yourself do soemthing usedull

flickadave
4 years 8 months ago

I think you said it here… “The Red Sox are gonna be terrible next year. They have no one to get now”.

To answer the second part… they are going to get Adrian Gonzales… Maybe you have heard of him.

I hate to say this because, for the most part, I like Jays fans but are the Jays going to come in 4th or 5th in the AL East this year?

pastlives
4 years 8 months ago

you might have misunderstood but cliff lee and crawford aren’t going to be red sox, meaning there is nobody big the red sox will get on the FA market, not that those 2 guys are nobodies.

flickadave
4 years 8 months ago

OK, now, can you tell me what tomorrow’s lottery numbers are so I can buy my own island and get out of this cold weather?

MaineSox
4 years 8 months ago

After losing out on A-Gonz and keeping their prospects they could also revisit an Upton or Rasmus trade or look into Fielder. They could also pick up talks with Beltre again.

4 years 8 months ago

They will still be better then the Jays

4 years 8 months ago

Yeah no they’re not

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

LOL are they? NO

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

They have some prospects. Last I heard…

The Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez to the Padres for Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond Fuentes. The Padres got the slugger!

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

Yep that’s what I mean. The Red Sox are in rebuilding mode.

4 years 8 months ago

there gonna be alot better than toronto will be didnt you trade your 2nd best starter to the brewers for a 2b prospect

Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

they’ll get beltre.

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

LOL i really hope they cave and give a boat load of money to him because it would be the worst investment ever

redsox927
4 years 8 months ago

no it would still be a better deal than Vernon Wells.. hope you enjoy eating that 20 million per year for another few..

you should worry a little bit about the jays.. the sox won 89 games without 3 of their best players pretty much all year… the jays had the stars all aligned for them and still finished 4th… Good luch tho

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

Dude. Beltre has had two great years in his entire 12 year career. Wells had a way better tack record than Beltre and deserved that contract. If the Red Sox want to give him 5 years 90 million on a guy with not that great a history who over-performed in a contract year, I’m happy as a Jays fan.

pastlives
4 years 8 months ago

well in all fairness, vernon wells isn’t at all crippling the team at ALL, the 2 jays 2009 silver sluggers had bad years, their SS had a down year, they’ll be replacing their mediocre 1b/DH with a better bat, Morrow likely won’t get so unlucky again this year (see: advanced metrics), and they’ll actually have a 5th starter this year. and snider will be around all year.

buccholz will regress, lackey and beckett are wildcards, as is matsuzaka…i’m not saying the Jays will be better, but you DO realize both teams probably won’t make the playoffs right?

4 years 8 months ago

dont base everything on players the offseason isnt over and guys get injured during the year red sox are in it same with toronto if they can sign manny

flickadave
4 years 8 months ago

The Jays’ fluke home run mashing MVP candidate will go back to hitting 13 HRs a year, all of their pitchers will regress except some that will be wild cards, their 1b will still suck and their new 5th starter won’t be as good as they thought.

Buch and Lester will be tied for second place in CY balloting. Lackey and Beckett will be co-CY winners. DiceK will still walk every other batter. To top it off, Derek Jeter will win ANOTHER gold glove.

Hey, this is pretty fun! What team should we make stuff up about next?

pastlives
4 years 8 months ago

well in all fairness, vernon wells isn’t at all crippling the team at ALL, the 2 jays 2009 silver sluggers had bad years, their SS had a down year, they’ll be replacing their mediocre 1b/DH with a better bat, Morrow likely won’t get so unlucky again this year (see: advanced metrics), and they’ll actually have a 5th starter this year. and snider will be around all year.

buccholz will regress, lackey and beckett are wildcards, as is matsuzaka…i’m not saying the Jays will be better, but you DO realize both teams probably won’t make the playoffs right?

redsox927
4 years 8 months ago

no it would still be a better deal than Vernon Wells.. hope you enjoy eating that 20 million per year for another few..

you should worry a little bit about the jays.. the sox won 89 games without 3 of their best players pretty much all year… the jays had the stars all aligned for them and still finished 4th… Good luch tho

MaineSox
4 years 8 months ago

Not as bad as the Werth signing apparently…

redsoxfan4157
4 years 8 months ago

we’re getting pedroia, youkilis, ellsbury, cameron, buchholz back from injury and crawford and lee is still on the market. blue jays will be the ones winning 80 games next year

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

also losing Martinez and Beltre and the Yankees could easily get both Lee and Crawford.. wups .. the Jays will be hopping over the Red Sox next year.

4 years 8 months ago

I hate to break it to you, but the Jays won’t be contenders next year. Sox and Yankees are taking over the AL East again. I could see the Jays becoming contenders in about 4-5 years, though.

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

The Jays were only 3 games behind the Red Sox in a rebuilding year, even with the Red Sox injuries, that says a lot. Where do you get off seeing the Red Sox on the upswing for next season? Like, honestly, who do they have? Red Sox just lost their two best hitters and have not picked up anyone to replace them. Further, that list of players they can acquire is growing thin and the Yankees haven’t even dipped in yet. Are you saying the Red Sox are gonna make a push with a bunch of guys returning of injuries.

“The Red Sox are going to take over the AL East.” LMAO. Sorry to break it to you, that’s hilarious.

4 years 8 months ago

The Sox just got AGonz for real, and the Jays just traded Marcum, their best pitcher. They’re giving up all chances of contending next year. The Jays are still working on things. They do have a lot of potential though, so I think that they will be a serious threat in about 4 years.
And yes, I do think the Sox will be better than the Jays next year. You’re starting to sound very ignorant, when the Jays clearly aren’t ready to overcome the Yankees or the Red Sox. Oh, and when I said they are going to take over the East, I meant that they will be the only serious contenders for now.

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

Great for the Red Sox. But the Jays obviously got Lawrie to trade for Greinke. You’ll see that unfold this week. FYI: The Jays are not trying to rebuild for the future, AA is always trying to improve the team for next season So stop talking about them like they’re the Cleveland Indians when you have no idea.

flickadave
4 years 8 months ago

Come now. We all know the Jays will be lucky to stay ahead of the Showalter led O’s.

4 years 8 months ago

If they get Grienke, they will be a lot better, but they still won’t be better than the Yankees, or Sox. Remember, Grienke is one pitcher, who pitches every 5 days. And AA is improving for the next season. Improving is the key word. The Jays are getting better, but no matter what he does, they won’t beat the Red Sox, or the Yankees next season.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 8 months ago

Both the Jays and Orioles will seriously contend in 2011.

4 years 8 months ago

The sox will still get A Gon in the end they’ll just trade for him and work an extension later after they swap a prospect or two in the deal with San Deigo…The sox want him and Pads realize they need to restock their system and this is their best chance to do so.

Ethanator99
4 years 8 months ago

HOLY CRAP. geeze man I didn’t see this coming

4 years 8 months ago

Good on ya, Nats!

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 8 months ago

7 years? Wow, they really needed to sign a big name. Guess FA’s need to take them more serious now.

Pat_M
4 years 8 months ago

My guess is it’ll look a lot like the Holliday deal, 7 years $120M. If that’s the case looks like Boras was a great agent choice.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 8 months ago

An amazing agent choice! I am glad for the National’s sake they don’t have a pitcher’s park for they could find themselves being very upset with themselves.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, 126!?! Does that work with the inflation rate?

Pat_M
4 years 8 months ago

Its 5% more than what Holliday got last season, and with the way contract values have been going that might be a little under the “baseball rate” of inflation. Still, I didn’t think teams thought of Werth and Holliday as being in the same strata. Holliday was 2 years younger and had a history of better, more consistent performance. I’m assuming that’s the premium the Nats had to offer him to get him to a team that isn’t an obvious contender

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 8 months ago

They have been spurned as of late by FA’s.

4 years 8 months ago

Can you imagine the look on Crawford’s face when he heard this news?

4 years 8 months ago

He is sitting back and thinking…”I had better widen the driveway, they’re going to need a fleet of brinks trucks to get my money here”.

jaryl612
4 years 8 months ago

Holliday=1.5xWerth

roberty
4 years 8 months ago

So Holliday is worth a Werth and a half?

jaryl612
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah, +/- .05Braun

TartanElk
4 years 8 months ago

It’s more like: Holliday is werth 1.5 times more?

See what I did there?

baseballz
4 years 8 months ago

Lets see Cliff Lee beat this deal !

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

lost by 1 million!

WrigleyTerror37
4 years 8 months ago

This is awsome!!!! Go Nats!!!!:)

The red soxs keep getting screwed 😀

JerryJc1973
4 years 8 months ago

So do the Tigers! Dave Dombrowski needs to be FIRED!!!!

bjsguess
4 years 8 months ago

What? This is a horrid signing. The Sox and the Tigers both should be praised for going nowhere near this deal.

rsoxbob
4 years 8 months ago

This is a massive overpay, especially in years. Not upset at all that the Red Sox didn’t get Werth–wouldn’t want him at $18MM per year for even 5 years. Even the A-Gon thing I’m somewhat ambivalent about if the reason is that he was looking for something like $25MM per for 7-8 years. It’s hard to see any one player, even a “great” one like Gonzalez, worth that much risk. Maybe Boston will take another look at Beltre. Since Crawford is better, he’ll get even sillier money than Werth, and I wouldn’t even want Carl for 7/$126MM.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t call signing Benoit and V-Mart and losing out on Jayson Werth for seven years and $126MM getting screwed. Do YOU want him manning right field until he’s 38 with certain to decline numbers while paying him more than Matt Holliday? I sure don’t. As a Tigers fan, I’m happy this wasn’t Detroit’s deal, because it seems like this is them more often than not. This makes V-Mart’s $50 million deal look like a bargain.

firealyellon
4 years 8 months ago

maybe, but as a WSox fan, I’m very happy not to see Werth a dozen times a year.

4 years 8 months ago

What planet do you live on? This was a horrible move by the Nats. He wasn’t worth half that amount.

JerryJc1973
4 years 8 months ago

Why don’t you keep reading and see my explanation why I said that.

MaineSox
4 years 8 months ago

The only reason Werth would have been a big target for the Sox would have been if they signed A-Gonz and needed a righty outfielder. After losing out on A-Gonz I would assume they would have been more interested in Crawford anyway. Having said that it does still hurt because it is becoming Crawford or bust for the Sox.

strikethree
4 years 8 months ago

The only team that got screwed was the Nats.

(and maybe the Phillies because the Nat’s draft pick is protected)

NewMets23
4 years 8 months ago

I’d hardly say the red sox got screwed.. they didn’t overpay for werth and detroit didn’t sign him so the still get that first round draft pick.

4 years 8 months ago

no they didnt who wants a guy that long no none was gonna match that deal and keep there job

Dwan
4 years 8 months ago

7 years? the amount won’t be pretty.

4 years 8 months ago

It will be interesting to see what happens with the Crawford situation, Crawford is in for a huge payday