Stunning

I thought the Cardinals singing Lance Berkman to play the outfield for $8 million was crazy, but the news that the Nationals just signed Jason Werth for 7 years and $126 million blows that away.

It’s a deal that is going to redefine the marketplace. Start with Carl Crawford who will probably try and get 8 years out of whatever team signs him now. (No thanks) Cliff Lee will certainly up his demands as well. And you have to wonder, did Adrian Gonzalez get some idea of Werth’s deal (reportedly agreed to Friday night) and use it as a benchmark in his failed extension talks with Boston?

Here’s an interesting way of looking at it. The Yankees will pay their starting outfield next year a tiny bit less than the Nationals will pay Werth.

Stay tuned, it is going to be a fascinating week.