December 06, 2010

Werth It?

I cannot believe the contract that Jayson Werth received from the Washington Nationals. $126 millions for seven years: the same contract awarded to Barry Zito and Vernon Wells. Maybe Werth can make that amount worth it, but it's the bad luck contract so far.

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Of course, if Werth hits .285 with 25 HR and 85 RBI, then he's earned his yearly salary, right? I don't think his career highs are much better than that. He reminds me — statistically — of Kirk Gibson. Gibby never put up HUGE numbers, but he put up solid numbers and was a team leader. Maybe teams see leadership in Werth, but I don't know if it warrants that kind of money.

Werth got the contract, though, so good for him … I'm just glad the Detroit Baseball Club of the American League didn't dish it out!

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