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Werth talks contract, Francisco and Brown

VIERA, Fla. -- After his first official workout with the Washington Nationals Tuesday, former Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth met with the media and was asked if he felt as though his old team made him a fair offer before he decided to accept a seven-year, $126 million contract that made him the highest paid member of his new team.

Werth talks contract, Francisco and Brown

Jayson Werth talked about the Phillies while addressing the media today at Nationals spring training. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jayson Werth talked about the Phillies while addressing the media today at Nationals spring training. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

VIERA, Fla. -- After his first official workout with the Washington Nationals Tuesday, former Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth met with the media and was asked if he felt as though his old team made him a fair offer before he decided to accept a seven-year, $126 million contract that made him the highest paid member of his new team.

Werth provided an interesting answer, noting that he owed it to his fellow members in the Major League Baseball players union to take the best deal.

"It's not really for me to say if it was fair or not," Werth said. "I don't really know what fair is, but I know it didn't really add up in the end.

"When you make it to free agency as a player, you can look at it in one of two ways: you're or a member of the MLB Players Association or you can look at it that you play for a specific team. I think once you get to free agency, you're in a big pool of players and we all really play in one organization and that's MLB. I guess that's how you look at it, so in that respect I was trying to maximize things and also trying to get into a situation I wanted to be in and I think Philly was going in a different direction."

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Werth admitted that he will watch with curiousity to see how the Phillies replace him in right field. Asked to handicap the competition between rookie Domonic Brown and veteran Ben Francisco, he spoke highly of both.

"I think Ben Francisco is a better player than people realize," Werth said. "He's a good guy and he was a big part of that team and he did his job. He kept his mouth shut and he was a role player for them and for him to get a chance to play every day, I think that's what it is all about. Domonic Brown is a great talent. Very few people bust into the big leagues and are successful, but he definitely has the talent to play."


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