Originally Posted by redsfandan
Why it's a bad deal:
That wasn't so hard Brutus now was it?
Overpaying to get the guy you want is one thing. Overpaying to the point that Boras knows that there's no chance that any other team will come anywhere close? Well, that's something different altogether. Heck, he was probably afraid that other teams would find out about the deal and talk the Nats out of it. You can believe that they had to give him that many years if you want. I doubt that you'll find many people that will believe you.
No club knows exactly what other teams are offering. They only have speculative media reports and the words of a less than truthful agent to go off of. But as I said, I am not denying they overpaid. They're not denying they overpaid. The issue is that they had to overpay to get Boras and Werth to agree to the deal. They are Washington, not the Yankees or Red Sox, after all.
Overpaying was a necessary evil. And as long as they will have the money to keep other positions competitive, then the extra years won't be a big deal.