Nationals Do It Again
Werth is obviously a very good player, having posted an OPS+ of 131 over his four years with the Phillies, however, had he achieved this feat while playing on a team that didn’t also feature Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels and make the playoffs four years in a row, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t even be discussing the prospect of Jayson Werth: $100 Million Man.
For some prospective, let’s take a look at two other guys who didn’t see regular playing time before their 27th birthdays (Werth didn’t exceed 500 plate appearances in a season until 2009, his age-30 season):
Shockingly, we don’t hear too much about the splash to be made when Scott and Willingham (combined postseason at-bats: 3) hit the open market next season. Guys like these three are good players that, unfortunately for the Nationals, are not good enough to be the best player on a championship-caliber team, which is what they’re paying Werth as if he were.
Before deciding to pay Jayson Werth $54,000,000 for his age-36, 37 & 38 seasons, Nats GM Mike Rizzo might have benefited from giving a call to the Blue Jays and ask them how Vernon Wells is doing.