How Jayson Werth affects Bryce Harper

Adam Kilgore
Copyright 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010; 6:42 PM

The Nationals' biggest free agent acquisition ever happens to play the same position as their best position player prospect, which, Mike Rizzo said, "is a problem I would be glad to address in the very near future." The Nationals have a year, maybe two, until they figure out how to divvy time in right field between Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper. The solution will likely include both players also seeing time in center field. Manager Jim Riggleman said Nyjer Morgan would be his center fielder if the Nationals played tomorrow. But he also floated the idea of Werth playing center against left-handed starting pitchers, with Morgan on the bench. Meanwhile, Rizzo said Harper will begin taking some of his fly balls in center field. Harper has the athleticism to do pretty much whatever he wants on a baseball field, and the Nationals would be comfortable with him playing some center field in his first professional season. It may seem like a problem, but having Werth and Harper seems like it will be a good problem to have, and one that won't be all that difficult to solve.

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