Jayson Werth Moves to Washington for $126 M

Jayson-WerthThe Washington Nationals took a big step in their bid to end several years of being one of the Major League’s worst teams, signing right fielder Jayson Werth to a $126-million, seven-year contract on Sunday.

Werth, a significant part of the 2008 World Series champions Philadelphia Phillies, led the National League with 46 doubles in the past season. The 31-year-old also had 27 homers and 85 RBIs for the Phillies in his last year in Philadelphia.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Werth’s acquisition is the first step of the second phase in the team’s rebuilding process. “Phase one was scouting and player development, building the farm system…Now it’s the time to go to the second phase and really compete for division titles and championships,” said Rizzo.

Werth, an All-Star in 2009, is expected to add much-needed offense to the Nationals, who finished last in the National League East with 69 wins and 93 losses. “We think he’s going to be a big piece of the puzzle,” Rizzo said.