Jayson Werth has a full no-trade clause
With the official introduction of Jayson Werth and plenty of interviews that followed complete, perhaps the most interesting piece of new information, confirmed by agent Scott Boras, is this: General Manager Mike Rizzo relented on his general philosophy and included a full no-trade clause in Werth's seven-year, $126 million contract, a stipulation Werth felt was crucial to come to Washington.
Werth mentioned two factors more than any other as to why he signed with the Nationals (leaving the $126 million an unspoken reason): His conviction that the Lerner family is willing to win, and the security provided by the length of the contract and the stipulation that he must approve any trade. Werth and his wife are currently house hunting. They're not buying a second home in Washington. They're buying a home, period. That's what Werth wanted.
"This is my first chance at being in free agency," Werth said. "I worked so hard over the years. I went through so much. I had a wrist injury that was misdiagnosed a couple seasons. I missed an entire season due to that. You finally get to free agency, you have a chance to do something special for yourself and for your family. There's a lot of things that go into it. The years were important to me. The chance to come to a city, guaranteed to be here for a long time, the no-trade was a big deal for me. Have a chance to set my family up for years to come here."
If it wasn't crucial, then the no-trade at least helped land Werth in Washington. The clause could become troublesome in the future. Some teams have a strict policy against them, which the Nationals can no longer claim in their negotiations with future free agents. Rizzo made clear, though, how difficult it was to give one to Werth and that he will not make a habit of handing them out.
"It was very difficult, one of the last sticking points that we had," Rizzo said. "I'd rather not have a no trade clause, because it's another impediment to roster construction. I would term it that way. A no-trade clause gives the players more control. That's why we're reluctant to do it. It's something that for an elite free agent like this, I thought I would relent on it. Because we had to do it to get the player."
| December 15, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
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