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Rumor: Nationals Targetting Free Agent Jayson Werth

The Washington Nationals lost their big name slugger Adam Dunn to the Chicago White Sox earlier this week. If today's rumors are true, they could be replacing him with an even bigger name.

Mike Harris of Nationals Fanboy Looser is reporting that free agent outfielder Jayson Werth could be on his way to Washington.

I still have a source or two in this world and I'm told the Nats are about to make a very big splash in the free agent world. Very big splash. Losing Dunn? Mike Rizzo has to be grinning like the cat that ate the canary.

This one will be werth waiting for, I'm told. Not sure when it will become official and how much work remains to be done. Not 100 percent sure it will happen - but pretty darn close to that.

Werth has been with the Philadelphia Phillies since 2007, winning a World Series with them in 2008. The 31-year old right hander batted .296 with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs in 2010.

Werth is one of the top free agents in this year's class, and had reportedly met with the Boston Red Sox last week to discuss a six-year contract.

The Nationals have money to spend, and are looking to be contenders in the NL East in a few years. Werth is young enough and has enough starpower to bridge the gap while Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper improve, and also stick around for a while to help the Nationals win in the future.