Monday, December 6, 2010
Is it Werth It?
The Washington Nationals have just signed ex Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Jayson Werth. Every year Werth has become a better player in the Majors and was a recent All Star. The Nats signed him to a 7 year $126 million contract.
$126 million is a big deal and I'm not sure Werth is Worth it. Although they have recently lost their starting Outfielder in Adam Dunne, Werth is not worth the 126. Yes hes a great team player and a fan favorite but he does not have the killer stats that a player getting payed $18 million a year.
Heres some comparisons: Kevin Durant makes $6 million a year and is one of the best basketball players today. His former teammate and reigning NL Cy Young winner Roy Halladay makes $15 million. As for Football, remember the best corner back in the league, Darrelle Revis' big contract dispute. Yes he's only averaging $11.5 million dollars a year and he's one of the best defensive players in the league. And finally for hockey, Both Alex Ovechkin and Sydney Crosby make $9.5 million and $8.6 million respectively.
So the top athletes in all of the major 4 sports leagues are not making as much as Werth which is a shame.
On the bright side lets look at Werth's stats this season. He batted .296 which is a solid Batting Average. He hit 27 Home Runs and drove in 85 RBI's which both are very good. He also had very good Slugging % as well as a good number of runs scored. Werth definitely is a good player in the Majors, I'm just saying he is not worth that much money.
As for Washington, they now are looking to become a good team in the Major Leagues. They have star power now with Ryan Zimmerman, Steven Strausberg, Bryce Harper, and now Werth. Although they are playing in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, the NL East. The division is dominated by the Phillies almost every year, and occasionally produce Wild Card teams like the Mets, Braves, and even the Marlins. In a couple of years when their young guns have some experience and the other teams age, don't be surprised to see the Nationals making a run for their money, no pun intended.