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The Worth of Werth

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Jayson Werth hasn’t been giving the Nationals much bang for their 127 million bucks. Eighty-five games into the season, he’s batting .223, slugging .382 and has an OPS of .708 – well below his career averages of .267, .471 and .833.

What other players this year are putting up those kind of numbers? Answer: Nobody you’d be particularly excited to be compared to. Here are Werth’s four closest matches:

● Russell Martin, C, Yankees: .223 BA, .393 slugging, .723 OPS.

● Sean Rodriguez, infielder, Rays: .219 BA, .400 slugging, .709 OPS.

● Mike Fontenot, infielder, Giants: .207 BA, .391 slugging, .706 OPS.

● B.J. Upton, CF, Rays: .225 BA, .393 slugging, .703 OPS.

In other words, the Nats thought they were getting Jayson Werth – but so far, they’ve gotten B.J. Upton. Yikes.

(Note: Except in Werth’s case, statistics are through Saturday’s games.)


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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at

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