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$126 Million Man will bat second

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08:15 AM ET 03.25 | With the Phillies, Jayson Werth batted second one time last season and 11 times in 2009, but he'll start there in 2011. [Werth], the right fielder the Nationals signed this offseason for $126 million over seven years, will bat second in the lineup to begin the season, Manager Jim Riggleman said. The move comes as a surprise, but it is logical given Werth's ability reach base and the Nationals' needs at the top of the lineup. For most of the spring, the Nationals batted Werth third and said they planned for him to bat there all season. But Riggleman had an inkling he wanted Werth to hit second since shortly after the Nationals signed Werth. When they spoke this winter, Werth happily surprised Riggleman when he brought up the idea himself.

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Comment #3 has been removed
March 25, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think he is better off as a 3 or 4 hitter.

agreed...and let's hope he fares better than the other 7-year, $126 million dollar man from recent memory (Barry Zito)

March 25, 2011  08:51 AM ET

He looks more like a #3 to me.

March 25, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

agreed...and let's hope he fares better than the other 7-year, $126 million dollar man from recent memory (Barry Zito)

Good morning Barkeep!

That's a lot of jack to pay a #2 hitter ...

March 25, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Spam giving us the finger is out early today.

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March 25, 2011  10:03 AM ET

$126 million for a table setter....sounds very reasonable, almost a bargain.

March 25, 2011  10:21 AM ET

This is why the Nationals stink. Werth is a run producer.

March 25, 2011  10:23 AM ET

wow!!! i actually forgot about this horrible signing until just now.

good luck w/ that

March 25, 2011  10:50 AM ET

Only the "Natinals" would do something this stupid.

March 25, 2011  11:00 AM ET

I don't know how "stupid" the idea is. When you take a look at the Nationals, who do you see hitting at the top of the lineup? A 2-3 of Werth and Zimmerman seems to be very strong because whoever else you slot in as a 2 is going to be an inferior hitter with far less on base skills. Werth also has the speed to run out of the 2 spot. If you slot LaRoche in as your cleanup hitter, you at least have a decent 2-3-4. Additionally, if Morgan can get on base to the tune of what he did in 2009 (and he hits leadoff), you all of a sudden have a serviceable 1-4. Add in Morse at 5, and they start to look above average.

March 25, 2011  11:00 AM ET

I don't know how "stupid" the idea is. When you take a look at the Nationals, who do you see hitting at the top of the lineup? A 2-3 of Werth and Zimmerman seems to be very strong because whoever else you slot in as a 2 is going to be an inferior hitter with far less on base skills. Werth also has the speed to run out of the 2 spot. If you slot LaRoche in as your cleanup hitter, you at least have a decent 2-3-4. Additionally, if Morgan can get on base to the tune of what he did in 2009 (and he hits leadoff), you all of a sudden have a serviceable 1-4. Add in Morse at 5, and they start to look above average.

March 25, 2011  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He looks more like a #3 to me.

He looks more like a caveman to me.

March 25, 2011  11:10 AM ET

You have Werth and Zimmerman as your only two 'consistent' (for the Nats) run producers... Dunn is gone. Pudge is a shell of his former self... how does batting him 2nd make any sense?

March 25, 2011  11:17 AM ET

anybody besides me think that pic of werth makes him look like Roddy McDowall in Planet of the Apes ...

March 25, 2011  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#25):

anybody besides me think that pic of werth makes him look like Roddy McDowall in Planet of the Apes ...

Actually, yes.

March 25, 2011  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#25):

anybody besides me think that pic of werth makes him look like Roddy McDowall in Planet of the Apes ...

I would think a "cult elitist" would recognize Werth as the obvious Charles Manson doppelganger that he is.

March 25, 2011  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#27):

I would think a "cult elitist" would recognize Werth as the obvious Charles Manson doppelganger that he is.

I'm just a cult elitist ... not godlike ...

hears Helter Skelter in the back ground

March 25, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#28):

I'm just a cult elitist ... not godlike ... hears Helter Skelter in the back ground

REDRUM.

 
March 25, 2011  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#28):

I'm just a cult elitist ... not godlike ... hears Helter Skelter in the back ground

Its funny to look at pic of this dude when he played for the Dodgers. He looked like a fresh faced Farm boy...Well, LA will do that to you.

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