Found March 16, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
From my Nationals season preview earlier today... Burning QuestionIs Jayson Werth going to live up to his massive contract this season, or continue to struggle? As soon as the ink was dry on Werth's seven year, $126 million contract in December of 2010, fans from all across the country were crucifying the Nationals for overpaying Werth. The logic was that Werth would turn 32 during the second month of the 2011 season, and the contract would last for six seasons beyond that, well into his decline phase. Werth also had an injury history before arriving in Philadelphia prior to the 2007 season. Despite three straight 5.0+ fWAR seasons, many didn't think Werth would be able to do that with his new team. Sure enough, they were right. Well, for the first season of the contract at least. Last season for the Nationals, Werth amassed just 2.5 fWAR over 649 plate appearances. He only hit 20 homers, his lowest total since his debut season of 2007 in Philadelphia. His OPS was a pat...
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  • I think Mets fans can see in Werth what they see and get from Jason Bay. Werth is going to be a disaster trying to live up to his contract. Think AVERAGE PLAYER in RF.

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