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Scott Boras is already doing his Scott Boras thing for Jayson Werth

Sep 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal spoke with Scott Boras about his newest client, Jayson Werth. Say, Scott, how are going to position your free agent to-be?

“He can play center field . . . He has the closing speed to play center . . . It makes your
team so different. Normally you get that production out of a corner
outfielder.”

Forgetting, of course, that Werth is a corner outfielder. Sure, he can play center. But he has done so almost exclusively because he’s had to due to injuries to others, not because his team figured he was their centerfielder, let alone their big free-agent splash of a centerfielder. Dude has played 720 of nearly 6000 career innings there. He has never has played in center for the majority of his games in a season.

That doesn’t mean that some team won’t think about paying Werth as though he produces like he does as a centerfielder as opposed to a corner, which is where he’ll almost certainly play the majority of his games for the remainder of his career. Heck, Boras convinced the Mets that Oliver Perez was worth 3/$36M.  Just don’t expect too many savvy teams to fall for it.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Boras must be thinking that the Yankees are going to move Granderson, since the team he clearly wants to pitch Werth to first is the Yankees. Or so I would think.

  2. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Ok, he’s better than some centerfielders playing everyday. I guess about 4 of em. He’s one of the best in the corner he’s now at. Let’s just keep with reality. Next he’ll be a catcher since that’s what he did before the bigs….. And people wonder why Bor”ass” fits so well…. last night he missed one the flyin’ hawaiian (who just happens to be a hawaiian) would have probably closed on and caught.

  3. geoknows - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Next Boras will start in on how valuable Werth is because he can still catch.

  4. BigPhil - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I can’t fault the guy for doing everything he can to get his big payday in life. He’s worked extremely hard, outperformed his contract, and has no allegiance to anyone. Can’t find fault with his representative presenting everything in a light that makes him appear better/more special than he is (I hate Boras, but he’s doing what his clients pay him and want him to do). Buyer beware, as always.

  5. Gobias Industries - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Craig, Jayson Werth is a once-in-a-generation type of player, in case you didn’t know. Scott Boras told us so. Or at least he will eventually. It’s amazing (albeit a bit mathematically impossible) how many once-in-a-generation talents Boras has represented this generation.

  6. JBerardi - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    If you really want to get technical, we’re all once-in-a-generation talents.

  7. FlyEaglesFly - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    The question is does he completely go for the money if it means playing for a mediocre team? He has to realize what he has had in Philly the last few years. Then again the Yankees can offer both.

  8. Kevin S. - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    I dunno, people have been pegging the Yanks’ on Crawford and now Werth, and I just don’t see them going in on a big-time outfielder this offseason. The Yanks’ have a three-win player (being conservative here) at every outfield position, and they’re all under fair-to-surplus value contracts for next season. If the Yanks are really going to pony up for Rivera, Lee and Jeter, why blow a lot of money on what would be a much more marginal upgrade?

  9. Detroit Michael - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Heck, he can also be a catcher still!

  10. Dirty Waters - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    He also pitched in little league…

  11. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Bobby Valentine’s also a heckuva centerfielder, isn’t he Scott?

  12. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    I’ll have you know that I am a once in a LIFETIME talent. Just ask my mom.

  13. JBerardi - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    A once in a lifetime talent is also a once in a generation talent.

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