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Amaro and Boras Discuss Werth, Fans want Burrell back?

Posted By Christopher Rowe On Oct 29 2010 @ 1:57 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. made official contact with OF Jayson Werth’s representative on Friday. Speculations of what this actually could signify remains open to interpretation. Citing policy, Amaro refused to talk about specifics of his conversation with Scott Boras. Phillies obviously are willing to play this game of cat and mouse and they will lose. Just sign Werth!

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Jayson Werth can negotiate with the Phillies until the World Series ends. Then he is on the open market

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Amaro needs to decide if the Phillies can weather losing Werth or increasing their payroll

“There’s really not much to say,” Amaro said. “Jayson is going to be out there as a free agent and we’ll see what happens. I really could not put a gauge on things at all.” Amaro has stated that Werth had a good year but not a great year. Boras did not respond positively to Amaro’s comments. It does not bode well for Werth’s return.
 
Werth can officially file for free agency five days after the completion of the World Series. The Phillies hold exclusive negotiating rights with him until then, but it is highly unlikely that the two sides will reach a deal in that timeframe. Boras, the game’s most aggressive agent, generally has his clients test the market – and get paid.
 

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Werth's potential absence creates a huge hole in the Phillies lineup

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Werth is a Five-Tool player and should garner big money on the open market

It appears unlikely that Werth will return to the Phillies. The 31-year-old outfielder will likely seek a contract similar to the seven-year, $120 million deal that Boras client Matt Holliday received from St. Louis last winter, and the Phils aren’t in a hurry to add another long-term contract to a club already teeming with them. It’s more likely that they would look to add a right-handed hitting outfielder to platoon with youngster Domonic Brown through a trade or lower-level free-agent signing – see below for free agents listings.
 
Werth and Carl Crawford will be the top two outfielders on the free-agent market. The Red Sox, Yankees, Giants, Angels, Braves and White Sox all could have interest in Werth, who has been called a “franchise player” by Boras.
 
“Jayson is a five-tool guy who can play all three outfield positions and hit in the middle of the order,” Boras said. “This is not an athlete you can normally acquire.”
 
[5]Werth averaged 29 homers and 84 RBIs the last three seasons with the Phillies. Suggest we spent the next several days trying to sign Werth long-term. When that fails, we will need to move on to other options. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Domonic Brown, John Mayberry, Jr. and Ben Francisco are all on Phillies 40-man Roster. Victorino is solid in center, Ibanez is 38 and fading as an everyday player while Mayberry and Brown are still relatively green. Losing Werth means losing a right-handed power bat who is a five-tool player. Werth is also a competent backup Centerfielder, a base stealer and an excellent defensive Rightfielder. The detriment is that Werth strikes out a lot – but who else do you have to protect Ryan Howard in the Phillies Port-sided lineup?

Here is the list of potential free agents. Scott Boras clients are bolded. Tell me Werth is NOT the BEST player available:

Left fielders – Age
Garret Anderson (39)
Pat Burrell (34)
Carl Crawford (29) – Type A
Johnny Damon (37) – Type B
Jonny Gomes (30) – $1.75MM club option with a $200K buyout
Bill Hall (31) – $9.25MM club option with a $500K buyout
Willie Harris (33)
Jeremy Hermida (27)
Eric Hinske (33)
Reed Johnson (34)
Austin Kearns (31)
Jason Kubel (29) – $5.25MM club option with a $350K buyout – Type A
Corey Patterson (31)
Scott Podsednik (35) – $2MM mutual option with a $100K buyout – Type B
Manny Ramirez (39) – Type A
Matt Stairs (43)
Cory Sullivan (31)
Marcus Thames (34)
Randy Winn (37)

Center fielders
Rick Ankiel (31)
- $6MM mutual option with a $500K buyout
Willie Bloomquist (33)
Melky Cabrera (26)
Coco Crisp (31) – $5.75MM option with a $575K buyout
Jim Edmonds (41)
Jody Gerut (33)

Right fielders
Willie Bloomquist (33)

Jermaine Dye (37)
Jose Guillen (35) asking for $10MM  dollars per season
Willie Harris (33)
Brad Hawpe (32) – Type B
Jeremy Hermida (27)
Eric Hinske (33)
Andruw Jones (34)
Gabe Kapler (35)
Austin Kearns (31)
Jason Kubel (29) – $5.25MM club option with a $350K buyout – Type A
Gary Matthews Jr. (36)
Xavier Nady (32)
Magglio Ordonez (37) – Type A
Jayson Werth (32) – Type A
Randy Winn (37)

It should be noted that in the past week, the Phillies have ceased negotiations with renewing players such as JC Romero, Jamie Moyer and Greg Dobbs. While this and other decisions will free up salary dollars, the Phillies want to avoid a bidding war with the Yankees or another club more willing to dig deep in their payroll pockets.

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San Francisco left fielder Pat Burrell reacts after one of his four strikeouts Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

Now, I’d like to remind fans that we suffered through years of Pat “The Butcher” Burrell culminating in 2008. ”Pat the Bat” won a ring with the Phils and has just won a second ring with the “Land of Misfit Toys” Giants. Some insane suggestions have involved bringing Burrell back to Philadelphia to replace Werth – who replaced Burrell in the lineup! Are you kidding? Burrell is 1 for 27 in World Series play, has been a DH in Tampa, a minor leaguer and a benched Misfit Giant. Burrell should be LAST on our Christmas wish list – after the likes of Aaron Rowand, Gary Matthews, Jr. and Magglio Ordonez. OK so if we fail to keep Werth, the above is Ruben Amaro’s available shopping list. Why in the name of all that is good and holy in the universe would the Phillies NOT want to sign Werth right now, while we have the chance? Make the right choice Phillies because our window of opportunity is closing quickly!

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