Dec 6, 2010, 2:59 AM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s a rare day indeed when the Washington Nationals make a move that shakes up the entire baseball world.
This is a franchise that for the better part of six years has existed on the periphery of the major leagues, content to build its franchise through draft picks and second-tier acquisitions, leaving the headlines to its counterparts in New York and Boston and Chicago and Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
So when word came down this afternoon that the Nationals (yes, the Nationals) had signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million (yes, seven years and $126 million) contract, the sound echoing through the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort where the winter meetings are about to convene was the jaw of every member of the baseball world dropping to the floor in unison.
So much for the Nationals staying on the periphery while everyone else makes news.
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