Category Archives: Jayson Werth

Mr. Werth goes to Washington

Jayson Werth can consider it an early Christmas gift. The Washington Nationals gave Werth a seven-year, $126 million contract to become their right fielder. The move was a surprise, since the Nationals weren’t thought to be a realistic landing spot for Werth, with the Boston Red Sox thought to be the most logical spot for Werth to sign.

For their part, the Phillies did make a late offer to Werth, but weren’t able to come close enough to the deal offered by the Nationals to keep Werth in Philadelphia. Werth signing with Washington hurts the Phillies in a couple of ways. First, he goes to a division rival and one of the teams that are thought to be an up-and-coming team. Secondly, since the Nationals will be drafting in the top half of the first round in 2011, they won’t have to forfeit their first round pick for signing Werth. Instead, the Phillies will get Washington’s second round pick next June.

The consensus is that the Nationals overpaid for Werth in both years and dollars. Coming into free agency, Werth and his agent, Scott Boras, were said to be seeking a deal much like Matt Holliday got (seven-years, $126 million) last off-season when he re-signed with St. Louis. Most people around baseball didn’t think that Werth would be able to get that sort of money, but the Nationals actually gave him almost a million-dollars more per season than Holliday was able to get from the Cardinals.

Werth’s decision to stay in the National League East means that the Phillies will play against him 18 times a season for the next seven seasons. It also means that fellow free agent Carl Crawford‘s price just went up. Crawford is seen as the better choice between the two free agents and he will possibly receive an even longer and more lucrative deal than the Nationals gave to Werth. Some experts now put Crawford’s price tag at something around eight-years and $180 million.

Bullpen, RF highlight GM Meetings agenda for Phils

Ruben Amaro Jr. has taken care of a few loose ends here and there before jetting off to Orlando for a couple days to take part in the annual GM Meetings. With a couple of spare parts signed – Pete Orr, Erik Kratz, Eddie Bonine – and the reliable Jose Contreras locked up for two more seasons, Amaro can start tackling tougher tasks on his agenda.
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Is ticket price increase Werth it?

The Phillies quietly announced a mild – $2 to $5 – increase on tickets recently, with the highest increases coming on the highest priced tickets. Many of the lower priced tickets saw little change in price, meaning the average fan can expect to pay the same next season as they did this season. A team with 123 straight sellouts really doesn’t have to worry too much about a small increase in prices; it’s that law of supply and demand thing.
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Position players have Phils locked up

Even though the Phillies have gone to the playoffs for four straight seasons and have two trips – one successful – to the World Series during that time. This is a club that is in need of some retooling. For some time now, we’ve heard about this window of opportunity for this club and the fact that it could close pretty quickly if the Phillies aren’t careful. Well, at this point, the window has started to slide closed and GM Ruben Amaro needs to be careful this off-season to keep his fingers from getting pinched in that closing window. Continue reading

Phils Could Deal Werth and Stay Competitive

It wasn’t that long ago that trading Jayson Werth would have seemed like
something that the Phillies would never consider. There are no definitive signs
that they’re even considering it now, but things have changed enough that they
can at least consider dealing him and actually, they could consider dealing him
and still potentially keep themselves in contention in the NL East / NL
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