It's not every day the Phillies are outbid by the Washington Nationals. And 24 hours after Jayson Werth signed a 7-year, $126 million deal with the perennial NL East doormat, the reaction from the Phillies reflected that.
"I'm disappointed," club president David Montgomery said. "We had made an effort to retain Jayson. But at the end of the day, I guess our efforts were dwarfed by another franchise."
The Phillies are believed to have offered Werth a contract in the neighborhood of the 4-year, $66 million deal that Jason Bay signed with the Mets last offseason. The Phillies website reported the exact terms to be $60 million over 4 years, including a vesting option.