I don't understand the logic of having to overpay a player so much to be taken seriously in free agency. I was highly against the 7 year 126 million dollar contract given to Werth. He never hit .300, had a 30 HR, 100 RBI season ever. That is with having his best years playing half the season in one of the best hitter parks in Philly. Just because the Learners had their feelings hurt by people calling them cheap in blogs; that means you MUST overpay someone to be taken seriously. I think not.The cubs will have a better chance at moving Alfonzo Soriano's contract before the Nats can move Werth's contract. At least Soriano still had a 30+ homerun season at almost 40 years old.
The Rays are taken seriously as a winning ball club. They don't reach for players in Free Agency. They develop within just as well as any team in baseball. They developed Ben Zobrist who has some of the best WAR stats every season. They have him signed for 4 years/18 million. I would have much rather the Nats have not reached for a player like Werth and kept building. The point being because the Rays don't reach for players they were able to develop a similar if not better and much cheaper player than Werth.
Free agents are persuaded by winning as well as money. Jayson Werth was injured the majority of the Nats 2012 season. So it is possible without Werth the Nats would have had just as good of a season, maybe a couple of wins less without Werth and that massive log jam contract.
instead of signing Werth in 2010. The Nats could have passed on signing any big free agents in 2010. They could have signed Jason Kubel in 2011 who has actually hit 30 HR in a season. They could have tried to sign Carlos Beltran. They could have even signed Coco Crisp. Who was one of the more valuable players on that magical A's team from last season.
At the very last the Nationals would have the option to trade for a better LF or RF(Being that Harper could play either position) if Werth's contract wasnt handcuffing them.
I know many are going to say the Nats weren't winning. Yeah well they did last year. Not signing Jayson Werth doesn't change the fact that the Nats had that pitching staff from last year. Which outside of Gio who was brought in a trade and Edwin Jackson was built from within. Harper, Desmond, Zimmrman, Espinosa, Lombo, Moore were all from within. Morse came in a trade. All of those important pieces would have been here regardless of signing or not signing Werth. Those pieces were more important than Werths 81 games of above average baseball last year