A contract worth $126 million doesn't sound too shabby, but when it keeps you in Washington for seven years, I have to again question the decision making of the player.
Jayson Werth, coming from the powerhouse Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Nationals in free agency, forgot one thing: a lineup to hit behind him.
In Philadelphia, Werth had professional hitters on all sides of him: Rollins, Ibanez, Utley, Howard, Victorino and Polanco. I don't mean to take anything away from Werth as a hitter, but with the likes of MVP candidates up and down the lineup, Werth reaped the benefits of a superior lineup.
In Washington, Werth will have to be patient. Ryan Zimmerman is rarely healthy but is an awfully dangerous hitter when he is. Prodigy Bryce Harper could be two or three years away from the big leagues, and 2011 first-round draft pick Anthony Rendon has had his durability questioned.
Translation: Werth better get used to watching political commentary in Washington to make the wait till the Nats can compete in the NL East less painful.