Monday, December 6, 2010

Lattanzi Moment #3 - Jayson Werth

The current Lattanzi Moment takes a look at the Jayson Werth signing by the Washington Nationals.  Don't worry, I am not upset by this, and I say as such toward the end of the commentary.  It looks at the issue from a baseball, economic, PR, and fan's standpoint.

8 comments:

Doyler said...

Who has two thumbs and hates Jason Werth?

This GUUUYYYYYYYYYYYY!

How long till he is called J-Wow and I die a little inside?

Joshua Lattanzi said...

If he is ever called "J-Wow", I think I will throw up. I don't have anything against him personally, but he is being completely overvalued here.

Ryan Cunius said...

Totally overvalued. He is not a #4 hitter, he isn't a superstar. He is a good player who needs more support around him. He became the player he is because of Howard and Utley.

Joshua Lattanzi said...

Zimmerman provides some support, but as I said, without Dunn, the lineup becomes slightly toothless. Werth doesn't draw enough walks and will almost never be IBB'd either. The key to the Nats' future will be Ian Desmond and Harper. If one (or both) fails, this contract to Werth becomes a complete liability.

Doyler said...

They could have fixed more holes for 18 million/yr than just signing Werth. This was a panic move in a mediocre free agent class. If you're going to spend 100+ million, offer Lee 5/110 and make him turn you down first.

Ryan Cunius said...

Yes, Zimmerman does provide a little protection, but he isn't the protection that Howard is. Your right about the keys to the lineup in the future are Desmond and Harper, but by the time Harper makes an impact, Werth will not be as effective as a player as he was the past 2 years.

Joshua Lattanzi said...

The Nats were too dumb to consider making the huge offer to Lee before going and getting Werth. For the first 2-3 years, Werth will be a .290 hitter averaging about 26 HR, 90 RBI, 95 runs scored, and about a .375 OBP. Nice numbers, but not up to his contract.

Ryan Cunius said...

With the contract that he is getting, he should be putting up 30-40 Hrs, 120 RBI's a year. But he isn't that type of player.

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