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08:13 AM ET 07.07 | Jayson Werth wears a big target, something that comes with the territory when you reportedly make more than $30,000 per at-bat. Werth's last month has been wrenching. On June 4, he had shaken off a slump to reach .254/.350/.434 -- one hot series from his career norm. But with Ryan Zimmerman out, couldn't he do more, please? So, he tried. He even moved to leadoff, where he floundered completely and fell into a huge slump. Since then, he has hit .155. Other free agents in Boston, Chicago and Atlanta are having even worse seasons. ... Maybe [Werth] hit bottom Tuesday: 0 for 4, two strikeouts and seven stranded runners. I went out to the right field bleachers to see how he and the fans were coping. Not well.

The Washington Post

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July 7, 2011  08:25 AM ET

Shave the beard...save your reputation...NEXT!

July 7, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Who is Jayson Werth?

July 7, 2011  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Shave the beard...save your reputation...NEXT!

The beard went away about two weeks ago. Werth scored the walk off run in a game over the weekend: walk, sac bunt to 2nd, stole 3rd, scored on wild pitch. He's not hitting well but he's still coming to play and helping the team win.

July 7, 2011  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who is Jayson Werth?

The guy the Red Sox ALMOST signed instead of Carl Crawford.

July 7, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The guy the Red Sox ALMOST signed instead of Carl Crawford.

If only the Braves had signed Werth instead of Uggla

July 7, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The guy the Red Sox ALMOST signed instead of Carl Crawford.

Don't give up hope, they still might get him. That $15 million they gave Mike Cameron has been paid out ( a bargain at $2 million for every home run he hit for them ). And a spot on the roster open.

July 7, 2011  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The guy the Red Sox ALMOST signed instead of Carl Crawford.

Yeah, and how is that working out?

July 7, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE:

Before I have true and genuine Phillies "Phans" take turns taking their mouths off of Werth's **** to rip me a new one, let me say that I am not taking away from, or denying the fact that he contributed to the 2008 World **** Series, and bringing October baseball back to Philly for the past 4 years... But good God... There's a reason the man played 8 years in the Bigs before becoming an every-day outfielder. He hasn't even been in the every-day line up for a full 4 years. That's almost 1/3 of his career. Jesus. The three years he was a starter in Philly, he was as slumpy as anyone out there. If he was worth the shitpaper that Washington is paying him, Ruben Amaro Jr probably wouldn't have let him walk...

True. He's never been anything resembling a superstar. He was a productive hitter, who ran well and played good defense. He fit well in the Phillies park where he could dump opposite field drives into the first row. He was a good fit in Phillie with a strong protective lefthanded lineup. As a result, he got the luxury of facing a lot of lefthanded relievers late in games who were there to face Howard, Utley et al, unlike now, where they will matchup a tough righthander against him in key situations & has to hit legitimate HRs in a pitcher friendly park. He's just not "that guy" and never was

July 7, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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Before I have true and genuine Phillies "Phans" take turns taking their mouths off of Werth's **** to rip me a new one, let me say that I am not taking away from, or denying the fact that he contributed to the 2008 World **** Series, and bringing October baseball back to Philly for the past 4 years... But good God... There's a reason the man played 8 years in the Bigs before becoming an every-day outfielder. He hasn't even been in the every-day line up for a full 4 years. That's almost 1/3 of his career. Jesus. The three years he was a starter in Philly, he was as slumpy as anyone out there. If he was worth the shitpaper that Washington is paying him, Ruben Amaro Jr probably wouldn't have let him walk...

Yes, you nitwit. There is a reason. He was injured. Do you get it? He was cut and went to the Mayo Clinic to find out what was wrong. As they say the rest is history. I am not a Jayson Werth fan but what you spiel is unmitigated BS. Get a clue and add something intelligent to the conversation. With a little effort we all know you can do it.

July 7, 2011  09:18 AM ET

This was a weird, bizarre signing of a guy who wasn't even that good by a team that wasn't going to contend anytime soon. Werth also moved from a great hitter's home park to a terrible one, so some kind of falloff should have been expected. The Dunn thing I suspect is rooted in that appendectomy he had...he was pressured to come back too soon and I think his body is probably not right as a result. The guy was just way too consistent for several years for him to just forget how to hit if he's healthy.

July 7, 2011  09:55 AM ET

"Other free agents in Boston, Chicago and Atlanta are having even worse seasons"

Yep, but in Detroit Victor Martinez is definitely "earning" that big contract the Tigers gave him. 4th in the AL in average at .323, .840 OPS and he's on pace for 90 RBI.

July 7, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This was a weird, bizarre signing of a guy who wasn't even that good by a team that wasn't going to contend anytime soon. Werth also moved from a great hitter's home park to a terrible one, so some kind of falloff should have been expected.

Was anybody else even interested in Werth besides Washington? Seems like they made an outrageous offer when they didn't really have to.

July 7, 2011  10:14 AM ET

Talented yes...but his #s were the product of hitting in the potent lineup that was the Phillies....

July 7, 2011  10:45 AM ET

The big busts this year prove that baseball should get away from big dollar contracts and go more toward incentive contracts. Produce results then get paid well.

July 7, 2011  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The big busts this year prove that baseball should get away from big dollar contracts and go more toward incentive contracts. Produce results then get paid well.

Why would the desirable players accept incentive contracts?
If the owners rigged it behind the scenes to only offer incentive contracts, they'd get busted for collusion again and end up paying anyway.

July 7, 2011  11:02 AM ET

a lot of big money players in year 1 of a contract put too much pressure on themselves to live up to that contract...he can never live up to this one but I'm not gonna throw dirt on him because of this year...next year will be a different story

July 7, 2011  11:08 AM ET

I thought this was going to be a story about an ahtlete that blew all of his money....BORING!

July 7, 2011  11:37 AM ET

Last night despite the horrible game, he hit a fly ball that moved Morse to third where he scored the winning run on a suicide squeeze. That's two games he helped win. He is still hitting badly but contributing in small ways. Certainly not worth the amount he is being paid.

July 7, 2011  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE:

Before I have true and genuine Phillies "Phans" take turns taking their mouths off of Werth's **** to rip me a new one, let me say that I am not taking away from, or denying the fact that he contributed to the 2008 World **** Series, and bringing October baseball back to Philly for the past 4 years... But good God... There's a reason the man played 8 years in the Bigs before becoming an every-day outfielder. He hasn't even been in the every-day line up for a full 4 years. That's almost 1/3 of his career. Jesus. The three years he was a starter in Philly, he was as slumpy as anyone out there. If he was worth the shitpaper that Washington is paying him, Ruben Amaro Jr probably wouldn't have let him walk...

And herein lies the genius of Alex Anthopolous, Blue Jay GM, locking up Bautista for a paltry sum because of this exact thing.

 
July 7, 2011  11:41 AM ET

Wow. Another Mauer thread and a Nationals thread. I'm giddy with excitement.

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