So long, Philly. Remember, I'm just a car ride away- plenty of tickets available.
After heavy speculation, it's official- Jayson Werth has signed a 7 year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals.
What… in… the…
After their name was mentioned in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, it became apparent the Nationals had some money to dole out this winter. But nobody thought they would land one of the available big-name free agents. Well, they got one today.
So much for Werth being in it to win it. According to CSN's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies did offer him a contract (around 3 years, $48 million), but it obviously wasn't in the ballpark of what the Nats offered him.
The Nationals do have Stephen Strasburg and all-world rookie Bryce Harper. However, Strasburg will sit out this entire season after having Tommy John surgery and Harper is only 18 years old. They are still several years away from contending.
Werth has struggled as a cleanup hitter and has never had a 100 RBI season. This makes no sense for the Nationals. But for Werth… $126 million is a lot of money.
Werth will take his place in right field at Citizen's Bank Park on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:05 PM. That should be fun.
First McNabb, now Werth, perhaps the Wizards could take Iguodala off our hands…
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