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Amaro: we have the money and the desire to bring Jayson Werth back . . . but

Oct 25, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

Jayson Werth

Most people are assuming that Jayson Werth has played his last game for the Phillies. He’s planning on holding a press conference at 1PM Eastern today, and no matter what he says, people will read all manner of things into it, including the desire to test the free agent market.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who just spoke with Ryan Lawrence of the Delaware County Times, is getting out in front of that train:

“(Do we have) enough money and would we like to bring (Werth) back? The answer to both of those questions is yes . . . However that will kind of depend on what the ask is and how that will affect us with other possible moves we would have to make to do that . . .”

That’s a pretty tortuous response. Everything past the “however” seems to negate the stuff that come before, with it all amounting to him saying “I have no idea if we can bring him back.”

But I bet Amaro is kind of counting on the first part being all that comes through to the public: the Phillies have the money and the desire. That way, if Werth does go elsewhere, no one can say that the Phillies didn’t try or got outbid. Rather, it will be about Werth simply wanting to leave.

  1. Utley's Hair - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    If anything, that statement means that Rube has no confidence whatsoever that the offer they’ll make to JDub will not be enough and that he will be wearing another uniform next season.

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM

      Reposted with edit, since it’s hard to type through tears while seething:

      If anything, that statement means that Rube has no confidence whatsoever that the offer they’ll make to JDub will be enough and that he will be wearing another uniform next season.

  2. Charles Gates - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Standard PR blabble. CYA maneuvers.
    The nugget, though, is that Amaro said that the Phils have money to spend in the offseason, implying that they’re willing to incrementally increase payroll, as that’s what signing Werth would do (in the absence of dumping other players). Should/when Werth signs some place else, I believe the Philly phans can use this quote to demand that they spend money on another player and not let Amaro get away with having it’be about Werth simply wanting to leave.’

  3. Jonny 5 - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Blah blah blah , we need RH bats. Blah.

  4. Mark Armour - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Don’t Amaro’s comments apply to every free agent in history, at least with teams that have an actual budget? Will you sign Greg Maddux? It depends–how much does he want? Seems a sensible and proper response.

    Do you want to buy this new HD TV? Yes, it looks fabulous. Will you buy it? It depends, how much does it cost?

    It seems like teams would avoid a lot of grief if they just took this approach. We value Jayson a lot, and hope that we can come to an agreement that fits our budget.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 25, 2010 at 1:01 PM

      Agreed – it really is the only reasonable response. The only other things you can say can be reflected on a publicly outlined budget mixed with the price range of the player in question.

  5. schmedley69 - Oct 25, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    The next Phillies RF: Ichiro!! You heard it hear first.

    (And no, I don’t have any inside information. I’m just starting a rumor in the hopes that it will come true.)

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