Nats gamble on worth of Jayson Werth

Washington makes loud statement with seven-year, $126 million deal for outfielder

Originally Published: December 5, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If you're the Washington Nationals and you're christening Major League Baseball's winter meetings with a contract that much of the industry views as extravagant -- if not mind-blowing -- it helps to have a certain comfort level as a base.

Outfielder Jayson Werth's seven-year, $126 million deal with Washington has been in the works for a while now, according to general manager Mike Rizzo and Werth's agent, Scott Boras. A pivotal moment in the process came two weeks ...

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