Shortly after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series for the fourth time in six years, a stunned Jayson Werth, knowing he had probably just played his last game in a Nationals uniform, proclaimed he was proud to call himself a National.

That was over five weeks ago, before the offseason machine began churning, before what seemed like the inevitable conclusion to Werth’s seven-year tenure in Washington was official. The conclusion isn’t official yet, but the Nationals don’t envision fitting Werth into their plans for 2018, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.