Some of the players on the Phillies don’t think that Jayson Werth will be back in Philadelphia reported Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman on Twitter.
Whether it’s Werth not wanting to come back or suggesting the front office won’t spend big money on Werth, some of the players have their doubts, and rightfully so. Werth signed with Scott Boras in the end of September a day after hitting a walk-off homer, though Werth said that had nothing to do with it.
Werth said on Monday, Sept. 2o that he had decided to sign with Boras a week in advanced and was waiting for a good time to announce it. Coincidentally, it happened after that game-winning homer.
But Ruben Amaro, Jr. said that the Phillies will want to sign Werth back. He said they have the money to sign him but it depends on the asking price of Werth.
“What is going to drive the bus is Jayson and Scott,” Amaro said of the time frame. “Typically these things don’t move particularly quickly…
“Jayson had a good year. It wasn’t an extraordinary year,” Amaro said. “He had a tough time with men in scoring position. It wasn’t as productive a year as he had in the past. If he is not with us, there are players that we can acquire and or we have in our own organization that can help us be as consistent.”
Losing Werth along with Raul Ibanez’s age catching up to him, Jimmy Rollins on the decline, and Ryan Howard and Chase Utley both well over 30 could spell the start of a decline for the Phillies.
With Domonic Brown waiting in the wings to make his impact on the Phillies roster, the Phillies line up next year could experience a make over. Expect the roller coaster of events to start after the World Series.
MORE FROM RUBE — The Phils held a press conference today at noon in which Amaro and Werth were both a part of (Roy Halladay spoke too but it was unrelated to Werth’s situation).
In it, Amaro touched on a few things with Werth while the star himself refused to answer questions on his situation, actually lashing out a bit at Randy Miller. In turn, Werth said he enjoyed his tenure in Philly (a scary indication of it being over?) and thanked the fans in right field, saying that no other team in baseball has fans like that.
But in Amaro’s 30 minutes at the podium, he said this (transcript courtesy of Todd Zolecki on his blog):
On Werth’s price:
I have not had any discussions with Scott (Boras) yet. I obviously will (talk to him) over the next 48 hours or so. We’ll make contact. I guess the follow up question are, do we have enough money to do it? And would we like to bring him back? I think the answers to both questions are yes. However that will depend on what the ask is and ultimately how that will affect us with other possible moves we would have to make to do that.
On if Brown would be handed the job if Werth doesn’t come back:
We have not given the job to Domonic Brown in right field. And he’s been told that flat out. He’s going to have to earn a spot on our club next year. He is going to Winter Ball. A lot of it will depend on the status of Jayson, but he has been by no means promised a job. He has been promised an opportunity, but he’s going to have to earn it.
Those are the two answers that stood out to me. Amaro did answer a few more questions on Werth and I suggest reading Zo’s post. That’s a lot of work to write out a transcript of an entire presser.