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Jayson Werth: “I was trying to maximize things”

Feb 22, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth spoke to the media today, and the subject of his contract came up.  His comments — posted over at the Phillies Zone — were pretty interesting. He basically said that once he hit free agency he no longer viewed himself as a member of the Phillies but rather, viewed himself as a member of the union and, as such, was looking to “maximize things” contract-wise.  It’s uncommon candor on the subject.  Read his entire quote for the nuance.

This just illustrates one of the many reasons why Tony La Russa’s charge of union meddling in the Pujols negotiations was rather silly.  The union doesn’t need to pressure guys to try to take the biggest deal they can. They are all well-aware of the dynamics in play and that money they leave on the table is money that other, comparable players may not be able to get later as a result.  This doesn’t obligate them — guys will give hometown discounts they’ll avoid places they don’t want to play even if it means passing up a big offer — but the pressure is inherent, not a top-down thing in any given case.

The comment also illustrates the fact that, yeah, Werth was looking for the biggest bucks when he signed with Washington.  Nothing wrong with that. He can do whatever he wants and who are we to criticize him for it.  But it does mean that the stuff about liking the way the Nationals are heading and being excited about them and everything should probably be given appropriate weight in the grand scheme of things.

  1. nps6724 - Feb 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    He looks like a stereotypical 80s Wall Street sleazebag in that pic.

    • genericcommenter - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      I don’t think they had long hair or that dirt under their lip, but I get you on the sleazebag thing.

      • nps6724 - Feb 22, 2011 at 5:20 PM

        If anyone watches Futurama, there was an episode in the 3rd or 4th season IIRC where a 80s Wall Street guy was unfrozen and he and Fry took over Planet Express. Werth is a spitting image for that character.

    • Panda Claus - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      I was thinking Brendan Fraser in “Encino Man”, but that’s just one opinion.

      • cur68 - Feb 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

        I was thinking the Gieco caveman’s younger, slightly hipper brother.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Feb 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Tell me how you never said “Show me the money” and what that led you to.

  3. Jonny 5 - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    That and the Geico commercials!!!! He must be raking in the dough..

    • cur68 - Feb 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

      Dang, man. My bad. Should have kept reading before I posted the Geico thing.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Sounds like he’ll be the perfect mentor for Bryce “Trainwreck in Progress” Harper

  5. Utley's Hair - Feb 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    JDub had been saying for a couple years that he was definitely going to test the FA waters. He did. He jumped ship for a golden lifeboat. He left. Thanks for the memories, JDub. I just hope you’re satisfied with just the one ring.

    • sfbookreviews - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:31 AM

      I’m sure the $126 million dollars will help him get over it.

  6. joepags - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    enjoy the season i hope you “maximize” losing 90 games this year you fool!!! wow, all that money, and now your just realizing “what did i doooo”, hahahahha washington, you tool!!!

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