Jayson Werth has perhaps the most unique point of view on the Nationals' roster. He signed the largest contract in team history before the 2011 season, receiving some ridicule for proclaiming he wanted to be "part of the group that changes perception of baseball in Washington, D.C." He received plenty of validation when his vision became reality last season. After a winter of moves (adding Rafael Soriano, re-signing Adam LaRoche, trading for Denard Span and exchanging Michael Morse for prospects), the sharp baseball observer reflected on the Nationals' newest fortune: They're among the favorites to contend for the World Series.

"I think we got the best team in baseball," he said Saturday at the team's Nats Fest. "If that's your mind-set going in, no one else matters, you just have to take care of yourself."

Werth was close with Morse ("one of my favorite clubhouse teammates of all time") and was sad to see him go, but understood the Nationals' pursuit of LaRoche, a power-hitting and Gold Glove first baseman. Werth was exceptionally pleased with the signing of Rafael Soriano, who, like Werth, is represented by Scott Boras.

"Soriano is a huge move," Werth said. "I thought that was great. I was actually hoping that would happen. Silently. I wasn't reaching out to anyone to get it done or anything. But in that back of my mind, I was like, 'If we could pick him up and throw him in the back of bullpen and move everybody back a spot an inning, it would catapult a really good bullpen to the best bullpen.'"