Jayson Werth has played like one of the best players in all of baseball since the month of July and has clearly been a central reason for the Nats' late season surge. His value is unquestioned at this point, regardless of the money he makes, and some have tossed out his name in the conversation for National League MVP.
Werth is hitting .321 this year with 23 home runs and 77 RBI. His .934 OPS is third in the NL and his .532 slugging percentage ranks fourth.
Davey Johnson thinks Werth should get some consideration in the vote, but knows there are a few other worthy candidates.
"I think he’ll get a decent number," he said. "He’s winning. Would we be further down without him? Yeah. But [Freddie] Freeman, he’d be a candidate because they’re gonna win the division. [Andrew] McCutchen, those kind of guys. Allen Craig, their catcher [ Yadier Molina]. When you’re winning, that weighs heavily because your performance helped get you to the top."
The Nationals won't catch the Braves or Cardinals this year. And though they could chase down the Pirates if a few miracles happen, McCutchen has to be a frontrunner regardless of how the next week plays out.
Werth will probably finish somewhere around or in the top five of MVP voting and slot higher than any of his teammates on the final list. Johnson, however, won't call Werth the Nationals' most valuable player this season. He's been sensational, but so has another of his players: Ian Desmond.
"There’s another guy that’s right there with him… Iron-man Desi," he said.