Originally Posted by BearcatShane
Brutus or anyone who defends this signing.. I'm sorry but this is an awful awful signing. I mean, I don't even know what to say. The Reds could give Votto that exact same deal right now and while I wouldn't rip it I would definately wonder if its worth it. But to give a 32 year old outfielder this type of money is absolutely insane in my opinion. 4 years 55 million is what this should of been.
But you're missing the point... if Washington can afford to pay it, aren't they better off with Werth than without? Isn't that the real objective here?
In 5 years, there's no doubting it might be $18 million down the toilet. But right now, they're trying to improve their club. They did that. They had to overpay.
OK so it's a bad deal. If they don't make it, they're down Dunn and they also don't have Werth. How does that help them?
In baseball's landscape, you have to overpay to compensate for the teams that have gigantic payrolls. I just don't know what you'd have the Nationals do. They're not getting better by not getting these players. So sooner or later, you have to spend money on good players and hope the contract doesn't burn you too much.
It's a bad contract, but it's a good player. Ultimately, that's the goal.