New Mets GM Sandy Alderson arrived at the MLB winter meetings and was asked his thoughts on the 7-year, $126 million dollar deal given to Jayson Werth by the Washington Nationals. If you were being kind, you might say his tone was a little mocking. If not, you might say it was dripping with condescension.
“It makes some of our contracts look pretty good,” Alderson said. “That’s a long time and a lot of money. I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington.”
That’s a team with high priced outfielders like Carlos Beltran and Jayson Bay…
As our pals at SBNation DC point out, Alderson is not the only NL East GM to express some doubt over the years and amount of money in this deal. Apparently even Nationals GM Mike Rizzo sounds unsure.
“I think anyone is a little uncomfortable with giving anyone a seven-year deal,” Rizzo said. "But we’re in a position with the Washington Nationals at this place and this time that we have to do a little bit more than the championship-caliber, win-today teams. I think that it’s kind of a two-fold process. Sometimes you have to give the years to get the player.