How low can Jayson Werth go?


$126 million man Jayson Werth went 0-for-5 while his Nationals lost 9-8 to the Braves on Sunday, dropping his average to .213.  He’s followed up a .154 month of June by hitting .157 in his first 51 at-bats during July.

It was Werth’s seventh 0-for-5 this season.  That’s tied for the most in the majors with Juan Pierre and Drew Stubbs.

Werth has played in 91 games for the Nationals, and he’s had multiple hits in just 15 of them.

For the season, only four players have had more games in which they’ve finished with one or no hits:

Dan Uggla (Atl) – 83
Cliff Pennington (Oak) – 77
Casey McGehee (Mil) – 77
Carlos Pena (ChC) – 77
Werth – 76
Mark Reynolds (Bal) – 76

Werth also has just 31 RBI despite batting third in more than half of his games.  He’s on pace to finish the season with 53 RBI and 153 strikeouts, which would put him in some interesting territory.  Here’s a list of the lowest RBI totals in 150-strikeout seasons:

1. Austin Jackson (Det, 2010) – 41 RBI, 170 K
2. Delino DeShields (Mon, 1991) – 51 RBI, 151 K
2. Mickey Tettleton (Bal, 1990) – 51 RBI, 160 K
4. Bo Jackson (KC, 1987) – 53 RBI, 158 K
5. Pete Incaviglia (Tex, 1988) – 54 RBI, 153 K

Werth almost surely will go on a little tear at some point and end the year with 60-70 RBI, but if not, he could end up with one of the more unique seasons in big-league history.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.