The Werth Free Agency Post

Dec. 6

In the Philadelphia Dailey News writer Paul Haggen’s article today, he quotes Jayson Werth after he signed his lucrative contract with Wahington.

“It’s something they’re going to have to answer,” he told reporters when asked why the Phillies didn’t re-sign him. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I did have a great time in Philadelphia. [But] once you get to a point where you feel unwanted or you get a sense you’re not part of the plans, it’s time to move on. At that point, I was ready to go, and fortunately enough for me, I found a home in Washington.”

Werth says he didn’t feel wanted in Philadelphia. With Ruben Amaro, that’s a whole different story. But there were countless numbers of fans who expressed through signs and the way they praised Werth in right field that they wanted the right-handed slugger to stay.

So whether it was a front office issue, a club house issue, or just Werth wanted a change of scenery, what’s done is done. Werth is in Washington where he feels the Nationals can rise to the top of the National League in the near future.

“I went to Philadelphia [in 2007] and we won. I signed here in Washington with the same aspirations. I signed here to win and I believe we’re going to win. It’s going to take some time. It’s going to be a challenge. But that was one thing the Lerner family and the organization was willing to give me: time to win and to help this thing along…”

“I’ve never been anybody but who I am,” Werth said in the conference call. “I’m going to be myself day in and day out. Every day I’m going to play hard. I’m going to play the game the right way. I’m going to do things in the clubhouse and off the field that are maybe overlooked in this game but more often than not create a winning atmosphere.

“I’m on board with the organizational goals and where I see this organization going in the upcoming years. I don’t have to prove anything to anybody but myself and my teammates.”

Washington certainly can build up a high-powered offense but it’s going to be pitching that will be the big problem for them. Unless they shock the world again and go after Cliff Lee.

Dec. 5

The Washington Nationals have signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract this afternoon. Todd Zolecki was the first to report the signing on Twitter.

Both the Phillies and Red Sox made final offers to Werth when they found out Washington was close but could not pry him away from D.C.

The deal will end the marriage between the Phillies and Werth, which last four seasons. It saw Werth go from a platoon player in 2008 to a key contributor in 2009 and 2010. His growth the last three years turned him into the super star Scott Boras made Werth out to be in order to land him a lucrative contract.

Werth is a Type-A free agent which means the Phillies will get the Nats highest draft pick. But seeing as Washington drafts in the first 15, the Phillies will get their second-round pick, a number in the low 30’s.

Dec. 2

We all know about the rumor started last week with Jayson Werth. Today, Randy Miller said that Ruben Amaro told him the Phillies have a realistic chance at signing Werth.

More from Miller’s twitter:

“Oh, I think it’s a possibility. We never ruled it out. People can speculate whatever they want to speculate.”

“We’ve never said we don’t want to bring him back.”

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