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Jayson Werth ain’t comin’ back to Philly

Nov 11, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

Jayson Werth

I don’t think anyone was truly holding out hope that Jayson Werth would return to the Phillies, but if there was a shred of it, Jayson Stark shoots it down like Paul Newman shot diseased cattle in “Hud”:

Here’s one Phillies source on the odds of his team finding a way to keep Jayson Werth: “No chance. None. Zero.” In the end, it might not even be the annual dollars that will force the Phillies to move on. It’s their unwillingness to go beyond three or four years for a player who will turn 32 next May.

So that’s that.  But fear not, Phillies fans, your team is on the hunt for a free agent:

The free agent the Phillies have been most aggressive about trying to re-sign isn’t Werth. It’s right-hander Jose Contreras, who struck out 57 in 56 2/3 innings in his first full season in the bullpen. Amaro wouldn’t confirm that, but did say: “We’ve made contact with 40 free agents, predominantly bullpen guys.” He also said: “Left-handed relief is a priority for us.”

Every Philly fan I know is concerned about the outfield and/or a right-handed bat. But hey, that left handed middle relief may look good soon!

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    The Phills need to keep the big Cuban. He’s been one of the best relievers down the stretch this season, with some bad outings earlier in the season, but he’s proven if you work him enough, he’s one bad a$$ reliever. it seems the more he pitches, the better he is.
    Jayson Werth is what the Phills need, but the length of contract will be a sticking point. I hope everything works out but if it doesn’t, there are other options. We need righties Ruben, don’t forget that.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Damn, you Craig!! You had to go and rip that tiny shred right out of my hand, didn’t you?!?!? I hope your kids don’t take candy anywhere near you.

    What are the chances of Rube signing Cliffy as a rightfielder for three or four days out of five? If he’s on the mound, I’m sure it won’t matter that Dom Brown is out there…. 8)

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

      Yeah, he’s enjoying himself isn’t he??

  3. lar @ wezen-ball - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    It’s great, isn’t it, how the Phillies have decided all of a sudden to care about how a guy will age throughout the length of his contract? And can you imagine if he was looking for a $125 million contract?

    Smart guys, those Phillies.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM

      Shut up Larry!!!! There is still plenty of time to see if that contract is horrible for the Phills or if it’s just not that good…… 😛

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Whoever signs worth will regret it by 2013. Who cares where he goes, honestly.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Whoever signs Werth will regret it by 2013. Who cares where he goes, honestly.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 11, 2010 at 1:04 PM

      Scott Boras, as well as the Werths?

      But it would be great if he could come back—both for baseball and sentimental reasons—but I think that ship sailed once the Big Man got his big payday. (Whether Howard’s contract was appropriate or not is another issue, but we’ll see if Ryno was Werth it—haha…get it? Hello? Is this thing on? Tip your waitresses!!! Ugh….)

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM

        yup… mmm hhhmmm… I think you have a good point. We can still hope though….

  6. dasher521 - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Pat Burrell had a great year in 2002 and was rewarded with a 5 year $50 million contract. He never really lived up to it. The fans clamored for him to be traded. No one wanted him for about $12 a year his last year or two. While he was here, folks loved Aaron Rowand. But I didn’t love him at $12 million a year for years. I don’t know that the Giants go either. Werth had some good years here. But I don’t know that I want him for 5 or 6 years at $17 million a year. It may have been the players around Werth that made him better. Can Ben Francisco prosper due to the same circumstances while Brown seasons one more year in the minors. After 2010, Ibanez $11 million contract will be up.

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