Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.
Crawford is the better player based on…the last three years’ accumulated WAR total? They’re exactly equal on that score. Crawford has a better track record beyond 3 years, but how much beyond a 3-year sample size is all that relevant? Crawford’s younger, so I get him getting more, but the contract he got looks like the deal the Nationals would have given to Werth if Werth were Crawford’s age.
These players are close enough that there’s no way the Nationals deal with Werth is stupid while the Red Sox deal with Crawford is smart.