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Ruben Amaro: never say never on Jayson Werth

Nov 12, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

Jayson Werth

Yesterday Jayson Stark reported that an anonymous person in the Phillies front office said that Jayson Werth wasn’t coming back to Philly. In fact, the quote was “No chance. None. Zero.”

Ruben Amaro is NOT happy about that:

“That’s unequivocally a false statement,” Amaro said. “That did not come from me and I would not express that.”
I’m sure he didn’t, but Stark is a good reporter with Philly sources, so someone likely said it.
Either way, if I were Amaro and I still had some small designs on Werth, I’d probably just let that hang out there a bit. It keeps Boras from using the Phillies as a stalking horse for other offers and maybe, just maybe, gives you a bit of “eh, maybe we’re interested” leverage in the event the market for Werth doesn’t materialize.
  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    What struck me was what Ruben said about ..

    “I don’t think it’s something we’re going to let go on for a while,” Amaro said. “Hopefully we’ll find out if he’s a viable option to bring back in a short period of time. Regardless of what happens with Jayson, there are things we need to do.”

    So apparently the Phills will make moves with or without Jayson if Boras tries to drag this out as he usually enjoys to do in these situations. So if Boras stays in character through this the chances are slim of him signing in philly…. I’ll assume they made an offer and haven’t recieved a response yet, with what he said.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM

      If anything, Ruben has struck me as one not to drag things out. Just look at the Doc deal at last year’s deadline—it was dragging on forever, and he finally nixed it and pulled the trigger on Cliffy. Of course that can also cut the other way, too, as with the OTHER Cliffy deal.

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