In a nutshell, Jayson Werth took the money and ran.
As we all know by now, Werth left the most solid and well-equipped team in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies and signed a monster deal with, well, the Washington Nationals. No doubt it is safe to say, he went from the top of the totem pole to the way bottom of the totem pole.
And according to him, it wasn't just about the money.
According to MLB.com, Werth has said he is impressed by how Washington has been able to acquire young talent such as right-hander Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper.
Hmmm? The key words in that comment are "how Washington has been able".
Hey Jayson! Duh!
The Nationals acquired these two promising stars by virtue of being the worst team in the majors and, as you probably know, the worst team gets the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. And both these players were no-brainers for anyone picking first the last two years. It's not like the Nationals made any shrewed trades and acquired them. All they had to do was stink it up for two years in a row.
Werth further said, "I think everybody saw what a game-changer Stephen Strasburg was last year. The Harper kid is coming. He's one of the better talents in the game. I'm looking forward to playing with a talent like that. The team gave me assurances that they are going to go out and get the type of talent that we are going to need to be competitive and to win. That was one important thing that is very important to me -- winning."
Hey Jayson! The only reason they had the loot to sign you was because they let Adam Dunn get away. So don't expect "the type of talent" any time soon. There's no dough to sign "the type of talent".
And um, Strasburg had Tommy John surgery a few months back and is going to be on the shelf for a LONG, LONG time. And even when he does come back there is no guarantee he will have the same dominant stuff because coming back from Tommy John is no joke. Oh and by the way, it was that same dominant stuff coupled with his pitching style which led him to Tommy John surgery in the first place. So expect a different pitcher in 2012 or 2013 or whenever he comes back.
The Nationals say they like the Werth signing because now they have protection for slugger Ryan Zimmerman. Ok. But who's going to protect Werth? I could already see his frustration when teams give him nothing to hit.
Is Nyjer "I Kick Butt" Morgan still with the Nationals?
Speaking of Nyjer, click here to read an oldie I did on him.