The Washington Nationals made a huge splash on the free agent market on Sunday, announcing a seven year, $126 M deal with outfielder Jayson Werth. The deal has gotten a lot of attention, both due to the impact of the signing on the free agent market, and the statement the Nationals made. Despite the signing, I really don't see the Nationals as a team that has greatly improved. Werth has looked good over the last two years, but in the long run the Nationals are replacing recently departed Adam Dunn with Werth, who is a year older, and doesn't provide a significant upgrade over Dunn.
The Nationals weren't winning with Dunn. In fact, they've got one of the best young players in the game in Ryan Zimmerman, along with Dunn, and that led to a 128-196 record over the last two seasons. The...
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