[QUOTE=Brutus the Pimp;2302720]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 move no matter how hard you try to defend it, it's still a bad move. I'm glad the Nat's made this move and not theReds.