- Welcome to Washington, Jayson Werth.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has confirmed that free agent outfielder Jayson Werth has been signed by the Washington Nationals. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has confirmed that the Nationals have signed Werth to a seven-year, $126 million deal. The deal is a massive commitment to make to a single player, both in terms of years and money, and seems designed, at least in part, to soften the blow of Adam Dunn's departure to the Chicago White Sox earlier this week.
The 31-year-old Werth spent the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2010, Werth played in 156 of a possible 162 games for Philadelphia. He recorded a .296 batting average, a .388 on-base percentage, a .532 slugging percentage, and a .921 OPS. Werth also hit 27 home runs and drove in 85 RBIs while hitting in a potent Philadelphia lineup in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Ballpark, and was voted to an 8th place finish in the National League MVP race.
Earlier today, Mike Harris, writer of the blog NationalsFanboyLooser, a part of the TBD Community Network, claimed that the signing of Werth by the Nationals was imminent:
I still have a source or two in this world and I'm told the Nats are about to make a very big splash in the free agent world. Very big splash. Losing Dunn? Mike Rizzo has to be grinning like the cat that ate the canary.
This one will be werth [sic] waiting for, I'm told. Not sure when it will become official and how much work remains to be done. Not 100 percent sure it will happen - but pretty darn close to that.