The Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year $126 million (avg. $18M per season) contract, a move that will have a big impact on Carl Crawford’s future.

When the off-season started, we predicted Crawford would sign for seven years and $105 million. Well, Werth’s new deal means teams looking to sign Crawford can start at $126 million and may have to go as high as $150 million.

Also, the Red Sox, who had their hopes set on signing either Werth or Crawford, will now likely go hard after Crawford, which will just drive his price up higher.

In fact, Jayson Werth spoke to an official from an AL team that said Crawford is “looking at maybe eight years, $180 million now, maybe 10 years, $190 million.”

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you missed it yesterday, we updated you on the six teams (five now that Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals) that are chasing Carl Crawford. [Rays Index]
  • Marc Topkin writes that the signs are indicating that Carlos Pena won’t be back with the Rays in 2011. In the same piece, Topkin also speculates that Troy Tulowitzki’s new mega-deal could be a bad sign for the Rays, given how close Tulo is to Evan Longoria. This is something we have written about in the past: Yes, it may be the best contract in baseball, but it could also come back to haunt the Rays if Longo ever decides he deserves more. [St. Pete Times]
  • Scott Boras praised Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon for the job they have done despite having their hands tied by Stuart Sternberg. Of Friedman and Maddon, Boaras noted that “you’d like to see the building finished” but implied that Sternberg won’t allow that. [St. Pete Times]
  • Despite not being able to agree on a contract extension with Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox completed their trade with the Padres for the first baseman. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • Local businesses are slowly starting to get involved in the Rays stadium issue. [Tampa Tribune]
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  1. Tone says:

    I hope they can resign Pena, his glove along with the power is needed. He just needs to take a cut in pay, like 2yrs 12million. The Nationals might have blown their wad on Werth, it could happen. Cubs might be a problem. If they get Pena back and a cheap DH while finding a closer(Bell, Jenks), this could be a good year. Without Pena's glove and power(he will rebound, new hitting coach would help, also full year from wrist break), the team looks weak. I think with the outfield options in house Crawford's loss can at least be minimized, closer, 1st base, and DH appear to be the biggest holes.

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  2. Greg says:

    Only thing I'd note about Werth is that it was reported the Nationals were so far above any other team that Boras immediately agreed, knowing he wouldn't get a better deal. Still, Crawford will get $18-19M per season from someone. I've heard the Angels may even go higher per season if they can sign him for only 5 or 6 years.

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  3. Don says:

    You don't know how STUPID the Rays were for NOT offering Carl about $80 mil for 5yrs... BEFORE the 2010 season, which CC said he wanted to get settled...He would have signed to stay and get it over...If worse came to worse they could have easily traded him with a 5yr. deal worth ONLY $80 mil.....
    A NO lose deal for the Rays and they blew it....

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  4. Beth says:

    I've never understood your claim that the contract the Rays have with Longo will be bad for the Rays.

    The Rays always have the option of tearing it up and renegotiating if they feel they will benefit over the longer run by keeping him well paid and happy. Or they stay with the deal they have, and plan on losing him when the contract is over. I just don't see a downside for the Rays.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      And if the Rays don't want to give him a new contract and he says "either give me a new deal or trade me." then what? Keep an unhappy player? Longoria doesn't seem like that type of player, but how do we know for sure? And what happens when the union starts pressuring him to seek a renegotiation?

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      • Beth says:

        So is your point that they should have given him more at the start (even though apparently he was willing to settle for less), or that they shouldn't have even tried to make a long term deal with him?

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        • Cork Gaines says:

          Not at all. I don't think they should have done anything different. My point is simply that this deal is not so golden that it is guaranteed to always be the "greatest contract ever!" and I'm sure the team discussed the possibility before the deal was made. But ultimately this potential headache outweighs any alternative. But there is a potential headache.

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      • Tom says:

        I do not see Longoria pulling a "Pay me or trade me" since he will be able to command a large contract when this one is over (he will only be 31) and the bad press would hurt his market value.

        Even if he does request a trade the reasonable contract will make him much more attractive to other teams.

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        • Justin H says:

          I don't think requesting a trade from the Rays would cause too much bad press, especially with his talent. All the other teams would be excited to hear Longo was available and wanted to be traded. Teams will still want Longo because he has a ton of talent, asking for a trade would not hurt his value at all. People would just see it as a guy who's been underpaid trying to get his money.

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  5. Gus says:

    The Werth contract is bad news for the Rays, if only for the skewing of the market for arbitration purposes. The length and amount of that contract is painful. Is Chuck LaMar running the show in DC?

    Adrian Gonzalez is a professional hitter, but I think the Red Sox had better places to spend the $ than on a cornerman. Better to spend the money there than on Crawford (from a Rays persepctive).

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  6. Don says:

    Nobody understands the money Longo got before he ever got to the majors, most big time prospects "toil" for 3-4 years for $400,000 before they ever see a multi-million dollar deal...
    Longo did the BEST thing...ask him how he's going to spend his $40mil +......see if he is unhappy!

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  7. John says:

    Who's running the Nats now anyway? Whoever it is, he is clearly off his meds. The Werth contract is absurd.

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