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Jayson Werth | Outfielder | #28

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 5/20/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 236
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (22) / BAL
Contract: view contract details
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According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Jayson Werth had $10 million of his 2016 salary deferred with five percent simple interest.
That money will be paid back in 2018. Werth actually had his contract amended in October but the details weren't revealed until recently. The revised deal will net Werth an extra $1 million while giving the Nats some short-term financial flexibility. The Nats have already used some of that savings on a new deal for Stephen Strasburg. May 19 - 9:48 PM
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Jayson Werth is not in the Nationals' lineup for the second straight day Sunday.

It doesn't appear he's dealing with an injury, as the Nats have just decided to give him some extra rest. He's 1-for-16 in his career versus Sunday starter Jose Fernandez, which could be a factor. Clint Robinson is in left field.
May 15 - 10:34 AM

Jayson Werth is getting a day off Monday.

It's just some routine maintenance. Ben Revere is in left field and Michael Taylor is in center.
May 9 - 3:35 PM

Jayson Werth hit his sixth home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

Werth hit the dong, a two-run shot, in the ninth inning against reliever Travis Wood. It was his only hit in four at-bats. Werth now has three homers in his last six games, going 7-for-22 in that span. He's hitting a less robust .222/.294/.478 on the year.
May 6 - 12:30 AM

Jayson Werth crushed a three-run homer in the first inning on Saturday, leading the Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Werth also singled and delivered a sacrifice fly in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI. Despite picking it up at the plate in recent days, Werth is still hitting just .211/.293/.437 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season.
Apr 30 - 5:27 PM

Jayson Werth clobbered his third home run of the season on Friday, helping to propel the Nationals to an 8-4 victory over the Twins.

Werth's solo shot came in the fifth inning off Twins reliever Michael Tonkin, increasing the Nats advantage to 8-1. He also flashed some serious glove, taking a would-be home run away from Byron Buxton. Werth finished the night 1-for-2 plus a walk, raising his season slash to .200/.321/.467.
Apr 22 - 10:49 PM

Jayson Werth (hamstring) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

Werth missed a game with a tight left hamstring, but it appears he's feeling much better. The veteran outfielder is hitting only .186/.300/.395 so far this season.
Apr 22 - 3:43 PM

Jayson Werth (hamstring) is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

As expected after he left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. Werth is considered day-to-day. Matt den Dekker will start in left field and bat leadoff Thursday versus Marlins righty Tom Koehler.
Apr 21 - 10:39 AM

Jayson Werth exited Wednesday's game against the Marlins due to left hamstring tightness.

Werth was replaced in the field by Chris Heisey in the bottom of the fifth inning. At the time of his exit, he was 1-for-2 with a single. Nationals manager Dusty Baker did not sound concerned about Werth's injury status after the game, meaning that it is possible he doesn't miss much time. Werth won't be playing in Thursday afternoon's game against the Marlins, though that was already the plan prior to Wednesday's injury.
Apr 20 - 8:53 PM

Jayson Werth went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run against the Marlins on Tuesday.

Werth broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with his second home run of the season. It ended up being the game-winner. It was a needed boost for the 36-year-old, who owns a dismal .171/.292/.390 slash line through 12 games. He can still put a charge into one every now and again, but Werth's best days are clearly behind him.
Apr 19 - 10:04 PM

Jayson Werth went 2-for-5 with a three-run double and two runs scored against the Phillies on Friday.

Werth cleared the bases as part of a five-run first inning against Jeremy Hellickson. The veteran outfielder is still batting just .185 so far this season, but he has begun to show some signs of life in recent days.
Apr 15 - 10:50 PM

Jayson Werth broke out of an early-season slump and blasted a two-run homer to straight-away center on Wednesday, his first long ball of the year.

After only recording two hits in his first six games, Werth demolished an offering from Matt Wisler over the center-field wall in the fourth inning on Wednesday. It marked both his first homer and his second and third RBI of the year. It’s not all sunshine and roses for the 36-year-old, though. He’s coming off a season in which he hit .221/.302/.384 and he’s yet to eclipse the Mendoza Line thus far in 2016.
Apr 13 - 9:41 PM

Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer off Noah Syndergaard in the Nationals' 12-1 rout of the Mets on Wednesday.

Werth has picked it up nicely of late, and he's now hitting .286 with an .810 OPS for the spring. As a result, any chance of the Nationals going to a Ben Revere-Werth platoon in left field to start the year, making room for Michael Taylor in center, is probably gone. We're guessing it will still happen at some point.
Mar 30 - 3:55 PM

Jayson Werth went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk Thursday against the Cardinals.

Michael Taylor is making quite a run at Werth's job, and it will be interesting to see how Dusty Baker chooses to dole out playing time in his outfield. Werth might be starting to pick it up offensively after a slow start to his spring, but he's also the weakest link in the outfield defensively. Taylor might prove to be the better regular.
Mar 24 - 5:04 PM

Jayson Werth struck out four times as part of an 0-for-5 day against the Astros on Tuesday.

Werth is 3-for-18 with no extra-base hits this spring. He's typically been a slow starter, both in March and carrying into April, so the 3-for-18, in itself, isn't notable. Still, many are skeptical about when he has left at age 36 and a slow start will cause the Nationals to think about giving Michael Taylor playing time over him. They'd certainly be a better defensive team with Taylor in center and Ben Revere in left than with Revere in center and Werth in left.
Mar 15 - 4:57 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Sammy Solis