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Heyman: Phillies making “big push” to keep Jayson Werth

Nov 12, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

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Well, lookie here: Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that the Phillies are making a “big push” to keep free agent outfielder Jayson Werth.

No, Werth isn’t going to sign tomorrow or anything, but Heyman also refers to Ruben Amaro’s comments from earlier this afternoon, when the Phils’ GM indicated that he would like to know relatively soon whether they have a realistic shot at re-signing the outfielder. But do those comments mean that the Phillies are making a “big push” to keep him? I must have missed that.

I realize that Amaro has other priorities, mainly adding a couple pieces to his bullpen and possibly finding a right-handed hitting outfielder, but would it really hurt to hang around in the background just in case Werth can’t get his “Matt Holliday money” this winter? Honestly, I don’t see why the Phillies have to go after a right-handed platoon partner for rookie Domonic Brown or Raul Ibanez when they already have a pretty competent (and cheap) one in Ben Francisco. They can afford to wait there.

Just in case you forgot that Werth’s agent is Scott Boras, Heyman reminds us that a quick deal is “not likely.” You think? Why do I have the funny feeling that we’ll still be talking about this guy until early January?

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    I really don’t think he’s werth it. Excellent player now, but what will he be by 2013-2014? It’s not like he’s been rocking his whole career. His offense didn’t really pick up at all until 2008.

    Long-term big-money deals like what he’s going for are rarely deserving and helpful throughout their lengths.

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