Nationals vs. Mets: Position-by-Position Breakdown

Division Series - New York Mets v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Two

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Left Field — Jayson Werth vs. Michael Conforto

Werth’s contract will go down as one of the biggest overpays in baseball history. In five years with the Nationals, Werth has played only 595 games and hit only 78 home runs. He hit 63 in his final two seasons in Philadelphia. Washington had no choice but to give Werth a $126 million contract; when they signed him the team was not a contender.

Werth had put up three solid (albeit injured) seasons prior to seeing his batting average slip to .221 in 2015. The Nationals made a play on multiple big-name outfielders this winter — even after already acquiring Ben Revere. They were willing to bite the bullet and turn Werth into a $21 million per year role player.

Conforto was solid as a rookie last season. The Mets called their 2014 first rounder to the big leagues after less than a full season in the minor leagues. He hit .270/.335/.506 in 56 games in New York while also sending nine balls out of the park. The retirement of Michael Cuddyer made the decision for the Mets to pencil Conforto in as their everyday left fielder that much easier. The 22-year-old may need to be swapped out against some tough left-handers, as he batted only .214 against southpaws as a rookie.

Conforto may not be totally ready to play 162 games at the big-league level, but Werth’s health questions are of greater concern. Conforto has the potential to be a star.

The VerdictConforto

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