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With Jayson Werth Signing, Nationals Begin To Emulate Redskins

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In a city where the local sports franchises have pursued success with two very different strategies, the Washington Nationals seem to be riding the fence.

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Under Ted Leonsis, the Capitals have built a yearly contender through the draft. The Wizards are beginning to do the same. The Redskins on the other hand have built their teams through free agency more often than not.

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With Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on board, it appeared that the Nationals were leaning towards the Leonsis approach - building from the ground up through the MLB draft. So why all of a sudden are they signing Jayson Werth? Today's signing is the biggest move so far this offseason, as Werth is now the 16th highest paid player in all of baseball. Are the Nationals just trying to win the offseason?

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Following the loss of Adam Dunn, the Nationals had to do something to excite their fanbase. Today they did it, at a cost of $126 Million.

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And this comes the same day as the Redskins' highest paid player was benched for his poor practice habits.