Originally Posted by GADawg
Exactly...what are they thinking? I know Werth is an above average defensive outfielder but offensively he seems very streaky and I'd rather have dunn's numbers anyway. Either way I'm glad he didn't go the cliche'd way and sign with the Yanks or Sox.
Werth has averaged 5 wins above replacement each of the past 3 years. Dunn was a 1.5 win player as an outfielder and 3.9 last year as a 1B. Either way you slice it, Werth has been much more valuable as a player than Dunn. He's worth the money, right now, they're paying relative to Dunn.
I don't think this is a good contract, mind you. I think they'll get 3-4 good years out of him at most. But right now, they're better with Werth than they were with Dunn.