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If the day wasn’t bad enough for the Red Sox, free agent target Jayson Werth has agreed to a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Washington Nationals, according to Yahoo!’s Tim Brown. While it may come as a surprise, the Nats had a lot of money available after they missed out on Adam Dunn. The Red Sox reportedly only offered Werth a four-year deal, according to the New York Posts’s Joel Sherman.
A deal of that size only raises the stakes for Carl Crawford, who may seek a seven-year deal for $135 million or more. As the top free agent position player, Crawford will have to command more money than Werth.
Werth hit .296 with 27 home runs and 85 RBI last season with the Phillies.
The Red Sox, having missed out on Werth, Victor Martinez, and maybe Adrian Gonzalez will have to turn their sights to Adrian Beltre AND Carl Crawford or this will be a lost offseason. The Sox pitching staff is nowhere near good enough to make up for the loss of Martinez with just one of those players.
Theo Epstein may now be feeling the pressure to get an A-Gonz deal done. We’ll see.