Werth sees Phillies as Nationals' biggest threat

Werth sees Phillies as Nationals' biggest threat
February 27, 2013, 1:45 pm
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The Braves had an active offseason, acquiring both B.J. and Justin Upton, and have emerged as the favorite to steal the NL East crown from the Nationals.

But Jayson Werth believes there is another team within the division that poses a bigger threat to Washington. His former team.

Werth, the former Phillie and current Nationals outfielder, told the Washington Post that the Phillies are the division rival the of which the Nats should be most wary.

“I think everybody is writing them off,” Werth said. “They played good in September, when they were healthy. They’re not going to roll over, that’s for sure.”

He pointed out that even though the Braves added key pieces to an already playoff-caliber roster, they suffered some losses as well.

“Yeah the, Braves got the Upton brothers,” admitted Werth. “But they lost [Martin] Prado and Chipper.”

Atlanta also lost outfielder Michael Bourn, while the Phillies added third baseman Michael Young and set-up man Mike Adams. Perhaps more importantly, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are healthy again and slated to start on opening day.