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Could Jayson Werth end up with the Rays?

Jul 21, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

The Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies talk came pretty fast and furious last night, as did the attendant Jasyon-Werth trade chatter as well.  Lost in all of that was a series of tweets from Buster Olney who has heard that a possible landing spot for Werth could be Tampa Bay.

Olney’s thinking is that moving Werth makes sense for the Philly payroll if they’re going to bring Oswalt on, though he doesn’t say how Werth is at all affordable for the Rays.  Still, they need a bat and Philly seems rather hysterical right now, so it may be a good time for Tampa Bay — or anyone — to pry Werth away from the Phillies on favorable terms.

Whether this is Buster merely speculating or based on some actual intelligence is unclear, but right now I wouldn’t put anything past the Phillies, because the Braves are starting to leave them in the dust, and they’re clearly freaked.

  1. King Ding-A-Ling - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    As a Braves fan, I’d be happy to see the Phils trade this guy. Sure, he has struggled a bit this year (like the rest of the Philly bats), but he’s a hell of a player.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    This pains me. This deeply pains me. Hey, maybe someone will be dumb enough to trade for Ibanez? Nevermind… That’s absurd.

  3. nps6724 - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    I’ll take an Oswalt-for-Werth swap as a Braves fan. Werth has killed us many times and I’d much rather worry about Oswalt every 5th day than Werth everyday. And I assume Domonic Brown would replace Werth, which I’m fine with. A just-called-up rookie OF in a pennant race where you’re trailing by 5+ games? That’s a lot of pressure on that kid and in Philly, ouch. And with him being a lefty, that would make their lineup VERRRRRRRY lefty-heavy with Utley (when he’s healthy), Howard, Ibanez, and then Brown.

  4. CJ - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    As a Phillies fan, yeah, Werth has proven to be a great player–at times. If moving him guarantees that we can land a top pitcher without giving up Domonic Brown, then they have to do it. They don’t have a choice.
    Not only do they have to do SOMETHING jsut to get in the playoffs, but at this point, I don’t see how they’re going to get very far in the playoffs if we’re asking Blanton, Moyer, Kendrick, or Happ to start a Game 3.
    Now if you have Hamels starting a game 3, even if it weakens the batting order, then you have a chance to go far, IF they can make it to the playoffs. Besides, I’m not so sure replacing Brown with Werth would weaken the order, given how Werth has performed lately.
    They still have a lot of ground to cover, and even if they do get a big time pitcher, they’d still need 2 of the goofs above to fill out their rotation. And they won’t catch the Braves winning 3 out of every 5 games, I can tell you that. Who knows, the way this year has been, I’m not even sure they can get the wild card winning 3 of every 5,

  5. Jonny5 - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    I heard our 2009 ROY runner up Happ was part of a trade, but with Moyer going down that may just change.

  6. BC - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    They could get Ben Sheets a lot cheaper. Then trade Werth, reload their farm system, and bring up that kid outfielder they have.

  7. Dasher521 - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Werth has had one good year. He is probably not as good as last year, but he is better than this year. Ben Sheets has a $10 million contract. Besides they already have a ‘Sheets’ in Blanton or Kendrick. They already have a ‘Lily’, too, in Moyer or Happ. They need Werth to continue to protect Howard. They aren’t trading Brown, but he probably isn’t ready yet. They need to get their aggressiveness back. If they don’t hit and field better, it really doesn’t matter who they get. They had a three year run in 70’s. They added a premier player (Rose) and didn’t make the playoffs. They won the World Series the following year. They’ve had a three year run, added a premier player (Halladay). May just not be their year. I’m not betting against them.

  8. twolfinger - Jul 21, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    You guys are missing the point. Losing Werth,a great player having a tough stretch is not ideal. However, he is a 5 tool player and one of the only one’s hitting the market as an OF this coming offseason. He is equal if not better than Holliday(better arm, defense, speed, power) and definitely better than Jason Bay. You saw the deals those guys got last year. Even having a down stretch, Werth is going to command a ton and the Phils won’t match with Brown tearing up the minors. So, they should trade him now while they can get something before he walks since they won’t match the offer he is going to receive. Seeing that they are 7 back and he is playing miserably, it only makes sense to do the deal. If your bats aren’t hitting, you hope that having a 3 aces in Halladay-Oswalt-Hamels can help you win more of the 1-2-3 run games you are in right now until your team gets healthy and that snap out of the hitting woes. Worst case, your hitting doesn’t return, you get to the playoffs as a wild card and you have the best 1-2-3 in the playoffs and can win that way. You give Brown the experience thru the end of the year, if it gets overwhelmed you spot start him with Ben Francisco(underrated) and you gain tremendous experience for the kid in preperation for next year where you have the same 1-2-3 rotation under lock for the next year to two. Everyone gets healthy and you dominate next year. Can’t get worse than where they are right now and can only help in the long run.
    Peace out

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