CAPITAL INVESTMENT: The Nationals lured right fielder Jayson Werth from the Philadelphia Phillies with a seven-year, $126 million deal. Washington has gone 21-51 against rival Philadelphia since 2007. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
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Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth hit 36 home runs and collected 99 RBI, both career-bests, in leading Philadelphia to the NL championship in 2009. "We did some great things for that organization, for that city," he said.
Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth catches a sacrifice fly off the bat of Atlanta's Martin Prado. Alex Gonzalez scored on the play as part of a six-run eighth inning for the Braves that saw Washington reliever Brian Broderick struggle in his major league debut. (Associated Press)
Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth, right, slides home to score against Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Jayson Werth rounds second and heads for third on a Ryan Zimmerman single during the first inning of the opening day game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)
Jayson Werth watches the game from the dug out in the bottom of the ninth inning the Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)
Jayson Werth, who averaged 29 home runs the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, is under "no pressure," according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, despite his hefty contract, the 14th most lucrative ever in the game. (Associated Press)
ASSOCIATED PRESS Philadelphia Phillies' Jayson Werth (28) reaches safely as Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) is pulled off the bag on a throwing error by shortstop Orlando Cabrera in the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Cincinnati. Placido Polanco scored from third on the play.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, left, celebrates with teammate Jayson Werth after the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 8-0 in a baseball game to clinch the National League East on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Washington. Halladay pitched a complete game and Werth had 4 RBIs. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
ASSOCIATED PRESS Philadelphia Phillies' Mike Sweeney, left, is congratulated by teammates, from left to right, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and manager Charlie Manuel after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, in Washington.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington Nationals third baseman Alberto Gonzalez, left, looks on as Philadelphia Phillies third base coach Sam Perlozzo congratulates Jayson Werth for hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Washington.