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Congratulations to Jayson Werth, who finally got that lucrative contract he has been seeking after signing with the Washington Nationals for 7 years and $126 million clams. The Phillies weren't going to committ $18 million a year to a player who isn't among one of the game's best.

Jayson Werth Photo: Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Face it-Werth is a really good player, but it's delusional to say he's among one of the top 10 players in the game - which is how he's being paid. 

When you view the list of the current Top 15 highest paid players in Major League Baseball, the list goes something like this:

#1 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees- $ 33,000,000

#2 C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees- $ 24,285,714

#3 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees- $ 22,600,000

#4 Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees- $ 20,625,000

#5 Johan Santana, New York Mets- $ 20,144,707

#6 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers- $ 20,000,000

#7 Carlos Beltran, New York Mets- $ 19,401,569

#8 Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies- $ 19,000,000

#9 Carlos Lee, Houston Astros- $ 19,000,000

#10 Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs- $ 19,000,000

#11 Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs- $ 18,875,000

#12 John Lackey, Boston Red Sox- $ 18,700,000

#13 Manny Ramirez, Chicago White Sox- $ 18,695,006

#14 Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels- $ 18,500,000

#15 Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants- $ 18,500,000

Of those players, A-Rod, Sabathia, Texeria, Cabrera, Lee, Lackey, and Howard are the only ones who deserve that "top 15" money. It makes you wonder what the management of these teams are smoking when they sign players to these ridiculous contracts.

The Nationals seem to think that Werth deserves that ridiculous money. With the 7-year $126 million deal, Werth will make an average of $18 million per season which makes him among one of the highest paid players in the game. Since Ichiro ($18 million last year) ranked 16th overall in annual salaries, Werth will be in the Top 15 of highest paid players now that Jeter (free agent) will be off that list.

Again, let me clear that Werth is a very good player and probably worth a salary in the $10-$13 million range, but he's also prone to prolonged slumps. He may go on a roll for a few weeks, then he'll be stone cold for a few weeks. The great players are more consistent than that.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, Jayson Werth and his insane agent Scott Boras wouldn't be reasonable and give the Phillies the "hometown discount" and decided that Werth sell out. And, it's hard to blame him. He's 31 years old and in the prime of his career. The Nationals probably won't have him on their team 7 years from now (when he'll be 38), but for Werth he can play for a bottom feeder and make insane money.

The Nationals are going to contend for 3rd or 4th place for the forseeable future. Werth better get used to it. He had a great opportunity to win a title in Philadelphia.

At the end of the day, many athletes would rather get paid. Werth obviously fits into that latter category. Werth's decision to go to the Nationals makes him the biggest sellout in Philly sports history.

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3:34 AM
Wed Dec 8 2010
This is an interesting article!

This is an interesting article!