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Alderson mocking Werth deal?

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08:14 AM ET 12.06 | Sunday's biggest free agent news came in the form of Washington taking Jasyson Werth off the market with a reported seven-year, $126 million deal. A longtime skeptic of long-term deals, Sandy Alderson could only smile. "Makes some of our contracts look pretty good," he cracked. "That's a long time, and a lot of money. I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington." His humor was droll. But his baseball methodology relies on such discretion. The Mets' roster is bloated by the final years of deals with players such as Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez.

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December 6, 2010  08:24 AM ET

Never heard of this Jasyson Werth.

December 6, 2010  08:54 AM ET
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and rightly so...this is a stupid move by the nats...good lord.

you know they're gonna have to overpay to get anyone to play there, but for that money they should have went after Lee or Crawford.

December 6, 2010  09:15 AM ET

Alderson was mocking Minaya more than anything ... and rightfully so. Giving a 7-year-deal to a 31-year-old is moronic. Of course he had the best year of his career ... he wanted to get paid! And being in the Nats lineup isn't going to get him all the fastballs hitting in Philly's line-up did. Stupid, stupid contract.

December 6, 2010  09:31 AM ET

I will miss Werth, He had a a lot of good years for the Phils, Just wish they would have sent him to Seattle, or Toronto, or Oakland......................................... Too close to home, he will come back to bite us!

December 6, 2010  09:41 AM ET

The Evil Empire of the mighty Nats is ruining baseball

December 6, 2010  09:42 AM ET
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I will miss Werth, He had a a lot of good years for the Phils, Just wish they would have sent him to Seattle, or Toronto, or Oakland......................................... Too close to home, he will come back to bite us!

Maybe not so much. That's an awful lot of money for an older player. The Nationals' franchise will be choking on that one for a while.

December 6, 2010  09:43 AM ET
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The Evil Empire of the mighty Nats is ruining baseball

Touche!

December 6, 2010  09:44 AM ET

This deal is on par with Ryan Howard's god awful contract.... $18 million PER season for 7 years for a player who has never even driven in 100 runs nor has he ever hit .300 in a season, despite playing the last 4 season in a hitter's park in a stacked lineup. WOW!

December 6, 2010  09:47 AM ET
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Alderson was mocking Minaya more than anything ... and rightfully so. Giving a 7-year-deal to a 31-year-old is moronic. Of course he had the best year of his career ... he wanted to get paid! And being in the Nats lineup isn't going to get him all the fastballs hitting in Philly's line-up did. Stupid, stupid contract.

Moronic with a capital M... just see Jim Hendry/A. Soriano for the Cubs. I think they gave that clown 8 yrs/$136M at age 30 when he couldn't even get a sniff test from any other club, including the club he left...the Nats.

December 6, 2010  09:56 AM ET

National's Park is not Citizen's Bank, this is a ridiculous contract even measured by the Minaya index.

December 6, 2010  09:56 AM ET
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thought only the yanks were this dumb

The Yankees can afford dumb, there's a difference.

December 6, 2010  09:59 AM ET

I the stats ESPN is running on their bottom line.... sure Werth hits well in Nats Park. Problem with that analysis is he won't be facing the Nats awful pitching but instead will be trying to hit against the Phils really good staff and the Marlins good staff too amongest other NL East teams.

December 6, 2010  10:00 AM ET
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This deal is on par with Ryan Howard's god awful contract.... $18 million PER season for 7 years for a player who has never even driven in 100 runs nor has he ever hit .300 in a season, despite playing the last 4 season in a hitter's park in a stacked lineup. WOW!

During the summer, someone here actually referred to him as a superstar. The Nats won't get 40 cents on the dollar with this deal. But hey, think of all the revenue they'll generate promoting his 800th hit and 500th RBI this season (maybe).

I hate to mock the guy. As third or fourth bat in your lineup tucked away in the outfield someplace, he's not bad. For 17/5 per? Oy vay.

December 6, 2010  10:11 AM ET
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During the summer, someone here actually referred to him as a superstar. The Nats won't get 40 cents on the dollar with this deal. But hey, think of all the revenue they'll generate promoting his 800th hit and 500th RBI this season (maybe). I hate to mock the guy. As third or fourth bat in your lineup tucked away in the outfield someplace, he's not bad. For 17/5 per? Oy vay.

Yep, those are sure to be hot selling T's and memoribilia (sp?). These are the type of contracts that crush a franchise's ability to make other moves.

December 6, 2010  10:18 AM ET

Bad contract to a player whose hitting stats were overinflated from playing in a bandbox ballpark.

December 6, 2010  10:23 AM ET
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you know they're gonna have to overpay to get anyone to play there, but for that money they should have went after Lee or Crawford.

Lee would have been a better use of money, but no way he was going to go there

December 6, 2010  10:25 AM ET

Need a salary cap and revenue sharing like in the NFL. This is one of the reason's why MLB is no longer the national pastime. It is the haves versus the have nots and few teams are capable of winning.

December 6, 2010  10:29 AM ET
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Bad contract to a player whose hitting stats were overinflated from playing in a bandbox ballpark.

Yep and even inflated he has still never posted a 100 RBI season nor has he ever hit .300 in a season.... truly awful contract.

December 6, 2010  10:30 AM ET
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Need a salary cap and revenue sharing like in the NFL. This is one of the reason's why MLB is no longer the national pastime. It is the haves versus the have nots and few teams are capable of winning.

Sooo are the Nats a have or a have not?

 
December 6, 2010  10:31 AM ET
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Bad contract to a player whose hitting stats were overinflated from playing in a bandbox ballpark.

Exactly.

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