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Jayson Werth signs with Scott Boras. Is this important? Does this mean something?

Sep 20, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

As expected, Jayson Werth has signed with Scott Boras. I think Werth was already shaping up to be one of the most interesting free agent choices in some time, but this adds to the intrigue.

His 2010 season was being talked about like it was a disappointment for much of the early part of the season, but you look up and you realize that he leads the Phillies in OPS, out-slugging Ryan Howard. He has started more games and has had more plate appearances than anyone on the team.  The guy everyone thinks will make Werth expendable — Domonic Brown — is apparently not ready for prime time yet, batting .214/.242/.375 in limited play.  And then Werth goes and pulls the hero act with that blast yesterday, causing my Twitter feed to fill up with a bunch of #resignJaysonWerth hash tags from Phillies people.

At the same time, Werth is 31 years-old and the Phillies ridiculously overpaid for Howard recently, putting their financial flexibility into some doubt. Boras isn’t known for having clients who sign hometown discounts, and that’s even before you remember that Werth’s hometown is in the Midwest, not Philly.

Ultimately I think he fits best with Philly and they probably need him the most. But as the season has gone on, the likelihood of that happening has gotten lower and lower, I’d say.

  1. BleedGreen - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    His production is down this week, he slumped HARD in the middle of the year, he’s seemed disinterested, yelled at fans and has had MULTIPLE brain farts while base running. He’s won us a few games, such as yesterday, but really… he’s an above average out fielder. A very good one when he’s concentrating on playing, but he seems to have gotten very distracted this year. Just a word of warning that whoever signs him, make sure he’s focused.

  2. BleedGreen - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    His production is down this year, he slumped HARD in the middle of the year, he’s seemed disinterested, yelled at fans and has had MULTIPLE brain farts while base running. He’s won us a few games, such as yesterday, but really… he’s an above average out fielder. A very good one when he’s concentrating on playing, but he seems to have gotten very distracted this year. Just a word of warning that whoever signs him, make sure he’s focused.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    I would almost have preferred it if he had accepted an award from Glenn Beck.

  4. BC - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Well, given that the Mets paid 358 kajillion dollars to Jason Bay….
    I’m not sure where I was going with that thought. Must be the meds talking.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Phillies have Domonic Brown waiting in the wings. They are poised to win a second World Series in 3 years with the best 1-2-3 starting rotation in baseball. Provided they stay healthy, nobody is going to beat them in 2011 no matter who they start in left field. Which is why they will not sign Werth. Brown will be fine when he is handed the keys to Left Field. They really screwed him up this year, but let’s not forget he was rated as high as guys like Heyward and Stanton before the season started. The difference was that the braves outfield sucks and the Marlins in general suck, so they could afford to let those guys play every day.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    keys to RIGHT FIELD!!! Damn!!!

  7. matt - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    The Phila aren’t signing Werth. Without Werth they are already up against their budget for next year. Lets not throw Dominic Brown in the trash can just yet. He’s barely played and is currently injured. Howard received an inflated contract but I think Werth will get paid too much as well. At the end of this season he will be in his early 30’s with just 2 full seasons under his belt with good but not great #’s. He’s about a 25-30 HR, 90 RBI guy playing in citizens bank park with a stacked lineup. Is that worth $17 million a year into his mid to late 30’s? The Redsox can have him.

  8. BC - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    The Phils can have Jason Bay if they want. And Beltran for that matter.

  9. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    It means nothing. I have a feeling the Phills wouldn’t resign Werth without getting a nice discount. No agents are willing to do that, because it’s obviously less $$ in their own pocket as well. He will go to the highest bidder and the Phills aren’t going to be able to pony up the dough with their already large payroll. Who are they, The Yankees?? Werth wouldn’t have fired his agent for Borass if he wasn’t in it to make as much $$ from playing as he can. He already has the ring (possibly another in 2010 woot woot!), now he’s just looking to inflate his bank account. And that’s what Borass does. He’ll have his journalist beeeitch (names need not be mentioned) type up all kinds of stuff about how Werth is the second coming of GOD and all. Things will be good for Jayson, just not in Philly I’m afraid. He’s winding down on an impressive season once again, regardless of what anyone says he’s a great ballplayer prone to some momentary lapses of reason, which isn’t all that bad when you back it up with power numbers and all star quality fielding. I hope he stays, but you know what they say about hope right?

  10. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Can the Phills have your ace though? You know, the real ace of the team. RA Dickey.

  11. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    He is, after all, the only one that they have proven they can’t handle–on any given Sunday, anyway.

    But every time I hear that name, the first thought to pop into my head? “Hehhehheh…he said Dickey…hehhehheh.”

  12. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Has anybody looked into allegations that I am leveling right now that JDub actually just misspelled his first agent’s name, and didn’t mean to sign with ARoid’s sloppy seconds?

  13. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I just hope they let Werth ride in the front car for the parade, a la Pat the Bat. It would be a great way to end the second World Series championship parade in 3 years. Then for 2011, it could be Roy Oswalt…am I getting a little ahead of myself here? I guess I sound like a fan of the Borg…

  14. John_Michael - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    He should fire his agent/publicist/anyone working for him for not getting him signed as the spokes person for Cialis, Enzyte, or Trojan…

  15. Jaxeagle - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    All signing with Boras means is about half the teams in the league just crossed JDub off their list for guys to sign and it also means JDub will be getting that wolfman look trimmed.

  16. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Extenze already had Jimmy “Johnson” locked up

  17. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Naaaa, Baaahhhhstan doesn’t make you trim up. That’s where I think he’ll land. They have the money, and they can use a guy that can play the Baaahhhstan OF. How he’ll be able to bat with all those beaneaters stinking the place out is beyond me, but i’m sure he’ll just have to get used to it. Really it’s too early to speculate and I don’t think the Yankees need him. I think there are a couple of other things the Yankees are worried about. Like how to land Cliff Lee, and how much that’ll cost. But then again I have heard Werth is coveted by NY Y.

  18. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Yankers will get Werth and Lee after the Phillies beat them in 6 games in the World Series this year. Last time they didn’t win the Series, they spent half a billion dollars on the 3 biggest free agents out there. What’s to stop them from doing the same thing this year?

  19. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Nah…they spent half a billion after the last time they MISSED THE PLAYOFFS. They’re frugal enough to spend only a quarter of a billion when they fall short of Werth’s number in the WS, but at least make the playoffs.

  20. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Well, technically speaking, what I said was true…and I stand by it. If they don’t win the World Series, all frugality goes out the window. Either way, they will sign Werth and Lee. Do you really think they love Swisher enough to pass on Werth??

  21. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    But, then again, isn’t any FA coveted by the Wankers, if only to prevent other teams from getting them?

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