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Nationals sign Werth to 7-year contract

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The Washington Nationals have signed former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million deal, the team said Sunday.

Washington General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on the eve of baseball's winter meetings.

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The free-agent signing comes less than a week after the Nationals lost slugger Adam Dunn to the Chicago White Sox via free agency.

"I think everyone is uncomfortable giving any player a seven-year deal," Rizzo told MLB.com. "Sometimes, you have to give the years to get the players. With that said, we feel that this is the type of guy to get a long-term deal because he takes good care of his body."

Werth is coming off a big year for the Phillies in which he batted .296 with 27 home runs, 85 RBIs, 106 runs scored and 13 stolen bases.

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