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Jayson Werth thinks he has “a few good years left”


Outfielder Jayson Werth is a free agent heading into his age-39 season (he turns 39 in May), but the veteran thinks he still has “a few good years left,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Werth says he’s been training hard this offseason and plans to come into spring training in great shape. He is “ready to go and excited about 2018.”

This past season with the Nationals, Werth hit a lackluster .226/.322/.393 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances. He played in only 70 games as a result of a foot injury. Werth hasn’t hit above the league average, going by adjusted OPS, since 2014. Along with battling injuries — he’s played in 301 of a possible 486 games since 2015 — he’s become more of a liability on the bases as well as on defense.

With the free agent market still largely unsettled, Werth may have to wait quite a while until he signs. Free agent outfielders still available include J.D. Martinez, Lorenzo Cain, Cameron Maybin, Jose Bautista, Jay Bruce, Carlos Gomez, Curtis Granderson, and Carlos Gonzalez.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.