The consensus is that the Nationals overpaid for Werth in both years and dollars. Coming into free agency, Werth and his agent, Scott Boras, were said to be seeking a deal much like Matt Holliday got (seven-years, $126 million) last off-season when he re-signed with St. Louis. Most people around baseball didn't think that Werth would be able to get that sort of money, but the Nationals actually gave him almost a million-dollars more per season than Holliday was able to get from the Cardinals.
Werth's decision to stay in the National League East means that the Phillies will play against him 18 times a season for the next seven seasons. It also means that fellow free agent Carl Crawford's price just went up. Crawford is seen as the better choice between the two free agents and he will possibly receive an even longer and more lucrative deal than the Nationals gave to Werth. Some experts now put Crawford's price tag at something around eight-years and $180 million.