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The details on Jayson Werth’s new contract with the Nationals

Jayson Werth, Sam Perlozzo

in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 21, 2010, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Matt Slocum

Ken Rosenthal of has the breakdown of Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. In a nutshell, it’s heavily backloaded.

Werth will get a $4 million signing bonus between January of 2011 and January and 2012 and will earn salaries of $10 million next season, $13 million in 2012, $16 million in 2013, $20 million in 2014 and $21 million from 2015-2017.

As Ben Goessling of notes, the interesting part is that his salary reaches the $20 million theshold right when Ryan Zimmerman’s current contract is set to expire. Coincidence? There’s still plenty of time to get something worked out, but four years of Werth at $20 million-plus through his mid-to-late 30s would not be a fun parting gift for Nats fans if their franchise player decides to test free agency.