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Nationals, Jayson Werth Agree on $126M Deal

Jayson Werth (Photo from nydailynews.com)

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.

Analysis: Red Sox Spin

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.

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3 comments for “Nationals, Jayson Werth Agree on $126M Deal”

  1. The A-Gon deal had better get done. Just make the extra two years automatic options based on performance. Or if he doesn’t like that, just give him the two years. But that probably won’t happen from the sound of things.

    So A-Gon’s gone, Werth’s gone, V-Mart’s gone, Beltre will probably be gone since the A’s already offered something and the Sox haven’t yet, and that just leaves Carl Crawford.

    With Crawford (potentially) the only major offensive powerhouse left for Boston to sign, they really should get him on board and try again with Gonzalez next season, maybe clear some cap space for Gonzalez.

    If Crawford doesn’t sign, then that just leaves Cliff Lee as Boston’s best chance to win, and the Sox aren’t in the market for starters.

    Posted by John | December 5, 2010, 5:24 pm
  2. We still have the PR aspect to the deal. It’s possible the Red Sox wanted to make a bigger splash than a Sunday afternoon and put e announcement on hold until the winter meetings. Depending on who the “source”is leaking the info, I wouldn’t put it past them. Theo likes privacy on negotiations.

    Posted by Mike C. | December 5, 2010, 7:30 pm
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