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.


482 Responses to Nationals Sign Jayson Werth Leave a Reply

  1. Guest 4 years ago

    good deal rizzo we’re on the way up!

  2. NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

    Different page. One was for Close to signing, another for Agreeing. Being such a short time doesn’t make too much since to change pages, should just rewrite the other.

  3. The_BiRDS 5 years ago

    Very doubtful..

  4. HipNip2009 5 years ago

    LMAO !! Good one. That was really funny.

  5. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    who would that be?

  6. Nats still can’t pitch. If they can’t pitch they are still the fourth best NL East team.

  7. BravesRed 5 years ago

    Some people don’t understand the sarcasm behind that.

  8. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    This contract needs to be added to that “REALLY?” blackberry commercial!

  9. jaryl612 5 years ago

    Without the help of Strasberg OR Harper? Not likely.

  10. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Too bad his stats in Citizens are much better than outside there. Bad contract. The only teams who should have signed them are the BoSox or Yankees.

  11. gornie 5 years ago

    Not 2011 but hmmm…Strasburg, Bryce Harper, plus anyone else they’ve got on the farm who will be ready within the next 2-3 years…this shows future free agents that Washington is no longer a joke. Werth probably won’t be productive in the last 2-3 years of this contract but I really like the idea here: that the Nationals will be extremely competitive in 2-5 years and fully expect to be a force in the NL.

  12. snapcase8p 5 years ago

    Wow this has to be the worst contract I’ve ever seen. No way does Werth deserve that. Good luck trying to dump him in 3-4 years Nats. Way to screw yourself on that one. You just paid a mid-tier guy, top-tier money.

  13. nymets4581 5 years ago

    I hope the Marlins are the worst then

  14. Guest 4 years ago

    howd that turn out?

  15. pastlives 5 years ago

    greatkees? really?? thats the best you can do?

  16. pastlives 5 years ago

    greatkees? really?? thats the best you can do?

  17. HipNip2009 5 years ago

    Hey, I did. That’s why I LMAO.

  18. HipNip2009 5 years ago

    Hey, I did. That’s why I LMAO.

  19. It must really suck for RSox fans today…first AGon now this…don’t worry we understand.

  20. Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

    Although I would agree, I hate Raburn’s defense, these stats in the second half make me very intrigued to see a full season of Ryan Raburn:

    In 251 second-half at-bats, he hit .315 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.
    In the second half, Miguel Cabrera hit .305 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs.

    Cabrera had 138 total bases the second half compared to Raburn’s 134.

    But after Aug. 1, Raburn hit .333 with 13 home runs, 39 RBIS and 123 total bases compared to Cabrera’s .280 with 12 home runs, 35 RBIs and 95 total bases.

    Yeah yeah yeah I know it all comes down to OBP and OPS and average home runs and RBIs don’t REALLY matter…but those are still intriguing statistics nonetheless, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Tigers decline to go after Magglio and instead trade up for a right fielder and sign a starter. I don’t quite know who those would be, but that’s DD’s way of doing things…well I guess signing outfielders and trading for starters is his way of doing things, because I can’t remember the last time he actually signed a starting pitcher other than Kenny Rogers, but you get what I mean. Trades are DD’s specialty.

  21. Funny how the projected contract was “Jason Bay-like”.

    While the Nats get props for the signing, a standing ovation goes to Jayson Werth for signing Scott Boras!!!

  22. ya, no one cares about redsox fans except redsox fans.

  23. burtonbball88 5 years ago

    Wow, how terrible it must be to be a Sox fan. I feel so bad for them…. not. Are you kidding me? This is the only thing National fans are going to be able to celebrate about all year…

  24. Fever Pitch Guy 5 years ago

    As a Red Sox fan I am THRILLED the Nats got Werth, as I was scared to death the Red Sox were about to make the same mistake the Nats just made.

    Crawford is the guy most Sox fans have wanted all along, now there’s a much higher probability he will sign with the Sox.

    Thank you Nats! I’m sure Jayson will perform just as well as the two other guys who have signed for $126M in the past 😉

  25. Tko11 5 years ago

    You mean good day for Red Sox fans. We almost got Agon, it can still happen…and if Werth wanted that much money, thank God Boston didnt sign him. There is just no way he lives up to that contract.

  26. Steve_in_MA 5 years ago

    Actually, I’m very happy that Werth is off the market. I don’t like his defensive decline and his poor BA w/ RISP. But something else this makes evident is even more important. The RS F/O is WAY out of step with the GM crowd on what market rates/terms for F/A’s are. They may never sign another top tier F/A, the way they are going. And that is where they’ll get punished. The ticket sales and TV ratings are gonna plummet. And that means lots of lost dollars. Then, and only then, will Henry realign things.

  27. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    Red Sox never wanted Werth~less and are laughing at this joke of a contract. JD Drew is now a bargain! lol!

  28. Jeter has had 1 in his 16 year career. What’s your point?

  29. RBI is an irrelevant stat. Especially when the RBI leader in baseball is hitting in front of you.

  30. krazykrab55 5 years ago

    Agreed, at least $20M over 7-8 years!

  31. eviola1 5 years ago

    Jeter had a way better avg/obp, though.

  32. Just because he signed for the same amount as Vernon and Barry doesn’t mean he’ll be as ineffective as them, that’s ludicrous. I’ll tell you what else is ludicrous… This contract!

  33. timlinCYecum55 5 years ago

    I’m gonna have to agree with TRangers, Crawford is not gonna land in Boston. You’re best hope now, sadly, is to resign Beltre and watch him hit .250 with 20HR til the final year of his contract.

  34. Guest 4 years ago

    shutup fag. and crawford didnt do so hot either

  35. Why do they get props for the signing? Seven years is madness

  36. Tko11 5 years ago

    Im sure they would have gladly given Agon 8 years…hes way younger than Werth and plays first base…

  37. timlinCYecum55 5 years ago

    Last I heard Boston was standing pat at 6 years and around $100M

  38. Steve_in_MA 5 years ago

    6 @ 21 for a total of $126MM

  39. WasianCU 5 years ago

    Just cause they kick the tires on everyone doesn’t mean they will sign everyone.

  40. EriePATigerFan 5 years ago

    How about Soo Shin Chu from Cleveland? We could trade them the G pitcher they couldn’t hit this year. Or is that Shu Sin Choo? Oh, crap…….

  41. crashcameron 5 years ago

    huh?

  42. you like werth huh

  43. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

    He’ll probably be worse than both actually!

  44. Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years ago

    Please tell me you’re kidding. Shin-Soo Choo is very very affordable for the Tribe (he’ll make around $3MM next season) and they would trade him, especially to a rival within the division. Galarraga wouldn’t net the Tigers much from the Indians, hate to say.

  45. because they usually don’t get a top tier type “A”, duh

  46. Jessamynn 5 years ago

    Excellent point.

  47. Tko11 5 years ago

    Why dont they just settle at 7… hes only 28 its not like hes on the wrong side of 30. Id even give him 8 if I was the Sox. Not like they can do any worse than the Nats with Werth.

  48. Jessamynn 5 years ago

    Morse plays OF – Desmond is the longterm plan at SS.

  49. angryredmenace 5 years ago

    You are doing a lot of dreaming.Strasburg is having tommy john surgery, there is no telling how he’s going to perform after that.Bryce Harper has the hype and supposedly the talent but until he can prove he’s can handle minor league pitching pitching, you can’t say he’s going to be ready in 2-3 years.He can easily be a bust or get injury.As for the Werth signing, it was stupid to say the least.Signing Werth doesn’t show anyone that The Nats aren’t a joke, it only showed agents that the nats general managers is a Sucker with a capital S.If the nats wanted to prove they weren’t a joke all they had to do was continue to draft well and develop their talent like teams like the twins do.Overpaying for an outfielder was definitely not the way to go…

  50. Guest 4 years ago

    your mom is a bargain

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