The word is out this afternoon that just days after the Nationals parted ways with first baseman Adam Dunn, the team has come to terms with former Philadelphia outfielder Jayson Werth. The team is expected to announce the deal in a 5pm press conference. While the details of the contract have yet to come to light, beyond it being a 7-year deal, this a huge bombshell to start off the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
To give you Werth’s details at Nats Park, in 2010, Werth hit .419 at Nats Park, and slugged .806 for a monstrous OPS of 1.306, the best of any ballpark not named Coors Field. Now, granted, some of that has to be given to our terrible pitching, but it’s still impressive to see someone take to a place like that.
Asking around this morning, everyone I talked with seemed to like Jayson, and one of my fellow fans went as far as to say that if you don’t like Jayson Werth, chances are you probably just don’t like people. Looks like Ryan Zimmerman has an upgrade behind him in the lineup!
Update: According to sources, the deal is worth $126M over 7 years, or approximately, the gross domestic product of Kiribati.