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Jayson Werth is likely done in Philadelphia

Oct 24, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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Not to kick Phillies fans while they are down or anything, but shortly after last night’s season-ending loss to the Giants, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted that teammates don’t expect Jayson Werth to return next season.

Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Werth is poised to make big money in free agency, especially after hiring Scott Boras as his agent earlier this year. By the way, Boras has already likened his new client to Matt Holliday, another one of his clients. And as you may remember, Holliday signed a seven-year, $120 million contract with the Cardinals last winter. The Phillies already have over $143 million tied up in 18 players next season, so Werth will probably be too rich for their blood.

Fortunately, the Phillies have Domonic Brown at the ready as an in-house replacement. The 23-year-old outfielder had a .210 batting average with two home runs and 13 RBI in limited action with the Fightins this season, but batted .327/.391/.589 with 20 homers and 68 RBI in 389 at-bats between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is a highly-regarded prospect, but as with any rookie, growing pains are to be expected.

As Buster Olney of ESPN.com pointed out earlier this afternoon, another concern is that Brown bats from the left side of the plate. The Phillies are already lefty-heavy in their middle of the their lineup, so replacing the right-handed bat of Werth with Brown may make the Phillies’ lineup easier to navigate late in games.

We’ll have plenty of time to talk about where Werth may end up in the days and weeks to come, but Ross Gload has already named an early favorite for the outfielder’s services. According to John R. Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Gload said the following to Werth as he walked through the clubhouse exit last night:

“Don’t let those Yankees boss you around.”

Dagger.

  1. Reflex - Oct 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Geez, I didn’t realize the Phils payroll was that high. Kind of look like the Yankees of the NL. Anyone in their league have a higher payroll?

    • haligert - Oct 24, 2010 at 6:21 PM

      http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/salaries/teams

      Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs are the only 3 to have a higher payroll.
      I’m looking forward to see what Rueben comes up with in the off season. It’s a shame they won’t be able to resign Werth, although, they generate a lot of revenue. Their season tickets for next year are already sold out (that I believe includes partial plans – there’s a wait list now)….So…I wonder how much more they could add to their payroll??

  2. frankvzappa - Oct 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    my money is on the Red Sox

    • bigharold - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:16 PM

      The RS don’t part with 120 mil or 6-7 year deals. Do you know how many players the RS have signed for either more than 5 years or in excess of 100 mil since the current owners took over? Exactly ZERO on both counts!

      That’s not their MO. And, since Ol’ John Henry Cheapskate just bought himself a soccer team AND there is that whole “bridge to 2012″ thing it’s not likely the RS will be signing anybody major this off season.

      • bloodysock - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:53 PM

        Dice-K was 6 years and $103 million when you include the posting fee.

        Of course, there’s another reason why they wouldn’t go that long and for those dollars.

      • quintjs - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:55 PM

        Dice-K got a 6 year deal, and well, so did Pedroia – but neither were free agents which I guess is your point.

        And you are right, the Red Sox will not drop huge money – not with an already aging outfield, and young prospects needing a chance.

        The one exception this year, they may go for Crawford.

        And, no way does worth get anything close to a Holliday deal.

      • Kevin S. - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:30 AM

        Dice-BB was a fairly unique situation, and the posting fee is a little weird, since the RS marginal expenditures are all in the luxury tax now, but that wasn’t.

        As for Pedroia, the contract not being an FA deal was key. They were still getting his prime years on that one. Most players, by the time they hit FA, are already in their late 20s and probably headed towards their decline (not necessarily steep, but they ain’t getting better).

  3. 013hip - Oct 24, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Jayson could be a Tiger next year , Magg’s could be gone.
    That is if Mr. Ilitch doesn’t spend to much on the Pistons

  4. philandphyllis - Oct 25, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    Jon Heyman of SI.com can tweet the article below from mlb.com. not one of his teammates says they don’t expect him back. If the phillies can’t afford Werth, Ryan Howard should pay him from his totally undeserved salary Werth earned his salary and then some.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101024&content_id=15820178&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

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