Re: Nationals Sign Jason Werth
Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
In fairness though, you have to admit there's a double standard in baseball. It's kind of darned if you do, darned if you don't.
On one hand, people are upset if you don't go out and spend money on big time free agents. So when you do go out and do what it takes to get a player (unfortunately a mega contract), then you're crucified for over-paying.
The sad truth is that some teams, like the Nationals, probably have to overpay to get Jayson Werth. It's unfortunate, but if they give equal money to the Red Sox, Yankees, etc., those players will just go elsewhere. Yes?
I think this is a bad deal. But I have a hard time criticizing them for it. Their fans would be more upset if they didn't go out and make this deal than if they did. I imagine Reds fans are the same.
Look how bad the Reds get attacked for signing Cordero? It's an awful deal, no doubt. But in a time where the Reds couldn't get a top name through free agency, they at least did come through getting him. Too much money... definitely. But for the last few years the Reds were better off with him than without.
The Tigers did the same thing with Magglio Ordonez, and it worked out pretty well for them, they've contended and been able to attract free agents at market value ever since.
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