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Werth playing to his Nats contract

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10:24 AM ET 09.04 | All season, Washington Nationals fans have watched Jayson Werth's every move, just as rubberneckers throughout baseball have frequently glanced toward D.C. to see who was hurt and how badly in his $126 million car crash of a contract. Well, we may have the answers. We just didn't notice it. Since the all-star break, over his past 41 games, a full quarter of a season, Werth has duplicated his career statistics (as well as his numbers in Philly from 2007 to '09 which included a World Series title) as closely as a player ever could.

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September 4, 2011  10:33 AM ET

" atta boy " frist !!

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September 4, 2011  11:15 AM ET

When something outlandishly positive and removed from reality is written about the Nats, you know it can only come from the mind of the WashPost's Thomas Boswell.

September 4, 2011  12:18 PM ET

This quote from Boswell is out of context. The full article is more balanced. This is more a problem of snippets used as news on websites (e.d. SI.com) and not a matter of Boswell's biases.

September 4, 2011  01:55 PM ET

They slipped an almost relevant TNR in here today, bully for the interns...

Jayson Werth, playing for Washington... not relevant to the standings in NL East. Should have stayed in Phillie, with a consistent winner and rabid fan base. Money can't buy happiness, especially when you're playing on a perennial doormat AND the fans expect YOU to be the difference maker. Welcome to hell.

September 4, 2011  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This quote from Boswell is out of context. The full article is more balanced. This is more a problem of snippets used as news on websites (e.d. SI.com) and not a matter of Boswell's biases.

Thanks for joining FN, Mr. Boswell.

September 4, 2011  02:28 PM ET

I went and read the original article. It's pretty even-handed. That's the problem with excerpts. Werth helped the team when it needed a boost. Was he worth the money? Probably not. But a team that low needs stepping stones up. He's one of them. There are better days ahead for the Nats, thank goodness. We need more strong mid-market teams (like the Rays and Brewers) in the best interests of baseball.

September 4, 2011  03:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They slipped an almost relevant TNR in here today, bully for the interns...Jayson Werth, playing for Washington... not relevant to the standings in NL East. Should have stayed in Phillie, with a consistent winner and rabid fan base. Money can't buy happiness, especially when you're playing on a perennial doormat AND the fans expect YOU to be the difference maker. Welcome to hell.

The Nats will be under .500 this year, but "welcome to hell" doesn't capture where the Nats are in their development as a team. They have Zimmerman, Werth and Morse as cornerstone pieces. Some nice young players also in place around the diamond. Their starting pitching is pretty good (J. Zimmerman, Lannan, Marquis, Hernandez) with Strasberg set to be back at full strength next year, they have a good bullpen and Bryce Harper is probably a year or two away. (And who despite some early negativity is having a good year (overall .297 w/17 HRs) & has been promoted to AA). The Nats have some serious potential & could be the next TB Rays, except with a team willing to spend some money. I'd say, two years from now, look out for the Nats.

September 4, 2011  05:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Nats will be under .500 this year, but "welcome to hell" doesn't capture where the Nats are in their development as a team. They have Zimmerman, Werth and Morse as cornerstone pieces. Some nice young players also in place around the diamond. Their starting pitching is pretty good (J. Zimmerman, Lannan, Marquis, Hernandez) with Strasberg set to be back at full strength next year, they have a good bullpen and Bryce Harper is probably a year or two away. (And who despite some early negativity is having a good year (overall .297 w/17 HRs) & has been promoted to AA). The Nats have some serious potential & could be the next TB Rays, except with a team willing to spend some money. I'd say, two years from now, look out for the Nats.

Good points. I agree with your forecast. They could be really good in 2013. Still, Ryan Zimmerman will need to be re-signed. And they still need to add a few hitters, ie. a CF/leadoff hitter and a power hitter to bat cleanup.

September 4, 2011  08:37 PM ET

werth should be ashame to himself, the way he has being playing it looks like he itsn't happy at all!!!

September 4, 2011  08:41 PM ET

on any sport the player who sign a deal its to make the team better, stronger, confident, compectitive,contender, a team who shouldn't be weak at all, i wonder why this player werth hasn't played to his capabilitys?

September 4, 2011  10:03 PM ET

He was exactly what, the Nationals thought he would be. I don't think he was worth that much money, but they seem to be happy with what they got.

September 5, 2011  11:45 AM ET

does anyone in dc really care?

September 5, 2011  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

does anyone in dc really care?

DC is a football town.




"Hail to the Redskins!"!!

 
September 9, 2011  11:07 PM ET

This is BIG news, a player FINALLY playing to his contract.

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