Posts Tagged ‘Jayson Werth’
During Jayson Werth’s first at-bat in Philadelphia since signing a 7-year deal with the Nationals, some kid seated behind home plate thought it was an opportune time to give him the ol’ Philadelphia “BOOOOOOO!” His mother disagreed.
Via Nats Nation:
Jayson Werth made his return to Philadelphia for the first time since signing the mega deal for $127 million with the Washington Natinals and the reaction was, well, interesting. At first it seemed those booing had the louder voice, but quickly it seemed it turned to mostly cheers.
To me, there is no reason to boo the guy. He played good here, took an assload of money, and was an integral part of the Phillies 2008 World Fucking Championship. As you can see in the picture above some idiots still felt the need to make unoriginal signs that didn’t even make me crack a slight smile. At least put some effort in dickbag. Video of his return after the jump.
More fire for the hot stove, this time from ESPN’s Jayson Stark…
Here’s one Phillies source on the odds of his team finding a way to keep Jayson Werth: “No chance. None. Zero.” In the end, it might not even be the annual dollars that will force the Phillies to move on. It’s their unwillingness to go beyond three or four years for a player who will turn 32 next May.
The above quote shouldn’t surprise anyone whose been following the path to free agency that Werth walked during the last season, from his unwillingness to comment on his future with the team during Spring Training, to the report that he turned down a mid-season extension, to his post-season press conference that felt like a denouement more than anything else.
But even in light of Stark’s piece and the Phillies “source” who made the comment, let me say one thing: This business happens every single offseason. There is always an unnamed source or a mystery team or an early report that Player X wants to play where it’s warm or that Player Y won’t accept a trade to Team Z. Hell, that’s what happened with Roy Oswalt earlier this season, and lookie what happened there. Point is, take everything you hear with several grains of salt.
Is there a chance that Werth re-signs with the Phillies? Of course there is, just like there is a chance that Cliff Lee signs with the Nationals. It’s not a particularly good chance, but let’s remember that it’s November, and we shouldn’t get caught up in every last rumor/blurb/report that crops up, else it’s going to be an even longer offseason.
Since it’s the off-season, not much happens around these parts, save for the occasional and not-at-all-shocking-picture of Pat Burrell or homage to Katy Perry. Still, baseball is occurring, and we’re going to do our best to keep the masses informed of all the comings and goings of the Hot Stove. And while we might not be able to dedicate one post to every column, blurb, or tweet about the Lees and Werths of the world, we can alway s rely on a good ol’ fashioned link dump.* Enjoy.
- Some 30 years ago, the Phillies made one of the worst trades in franchise history when they sent Ryne Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs, where he went on to have a Hall of Fame career and is widely considered to be one of the greatest second basemen of all time. A reunion between parties might be in order, as the Phillies have approached Sandberg to be the coach of their Triple-A affiliate. Sandberg, who was recently managing in the Cubs’ system, was passed over by the club when he was passed over in favor of Mike Quade to manage the Big Club, says Todd Zolecki, who also writes about another former Phillie, Juan Samuel, being considered to fill the spikes of Davy Lopes as the first base coach. [Zo Zone]
- Although Domonic Brown is the crown jewel of the Phillies’ farm system, David Murphy writes about three other prospects who could have a big impact on the Phillies in the near future: First baseman Matt Rizzotti, relief pitcher Josh Zeid, and starting pitcher Justin DeFratus. Rizzotti has put up big numbers in the minors and Zeid projects as a power closer, but the one who could have the biggest and most sudden impact would be one DeFratus, a 22-year-old starting pitcher with a big arm who has quickly ascended through the Phillies’ farm system. [High Cheese]
- Phillies Jayson Werth and Cliff Lee are two of the biggest free agent targets this offseason, and both are likely targets of the Phils, Jim Salisbury writes. And could a Domonic Brown-for-Andrew McCutchen swap be in the cards? Not really, but it makes more sense than you’d think. [CSNPhilly]
- Bad news for Jamie Moyer, who injured his elbow while pitching in winter ball in the Dominican Republic as he attempts to pitch in his 25th Major League season in 2011. The veteran lefty, who turns 48 next week, injured his left elbow in July and has season-ending surgery shortly thereafter. [CSNPhilly]
- Pat Gillick, former General Manager and current advisor to the team, is being considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame via their election committee, writes Bob Brookover. Gillick has seen success at every stop in his front office career, and was at the helm when the Phillies won their second World Series in franchise history in 2008. [Philly.com]
*Hopefully, this will become an at least semi-daily feature here at The Fightins. If that’s the case, then it’s probably going to need a better name. I was admittedly in a rush to get this done, and I wrote “Emphorium” in a fit of irony. Suggestions are more than welcome.
In what should be a surprise to no one, Jayson Werth reportedly shot down a contract extension from the Phillies earlier this summer, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman:
“The Phillies are said by a source to have initially suggested this summer a repeat of the deal Jason Bay got from the Mets last offseason, which would mean $66 million over four years. But that was summarily rejected by Werth, and he is shooting to redo the $120 million, seven-year contract Matt Holliday got from the Cardinals.”
Given that Werth was heading towards free agency as one of the best hitters in a fairly weak class and that he was most likely already in cahoots with Scott Boras, this news is nothing more than filler on an idle Wednesday early in the free agency period.
While an offer of $16.5MM/year over four years would be considered an overpayment for most players who were nearly out of baseball four years ago, it is decidedly under market value for Werth, who represents the lone Right Handed Five Tool Corner Outfielder party among the current batch of free agents.
Although the veracity of this report is still in question, it certainly makes perfect sense for Amaro and Co. to shoot low during the season in hopes that Werth would acquiesce and take a “home town discount.” Still, it is the opinion of this blogger that the $16.5MM/year salary would be better spent on a certain left-handed pitcher who is very much a fan favorite among the Philadelphia faithful.
Is that a statue, or an actual human being who decided to dress up like Jayson Werth and then paint himself gold from head to toe in order to resemble a statue?
My boy ‘Duk over at the Yahoo exclamation point has the answer. [Big League Stew]
Over the last 24 hours or so, much has transpired in the world of Phillies baseball, in the sense that there are major changes coming to the Philadelphia Nine not seen since Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle where shipped out in the summer of 2006. While the Phillies are in need of some changes if they want to overcome their 2010 struggles, one question sticks out about the rest: Is Jayson Werth’s Time in Philly coming to an end?
According to sources, yes.
Much has been made of the hot and cold season of the hirsute right-fielder, who began his contract season with a blistering .325/.402/.584 line through April, peaking on May 7, when he was hitting .359 with six homers, 24 RBIs and a league-leading 16 doubles in 29 games.
Since then, Werth’s production has fallen off, as he’s hit .245 with seven home runs and 15 doubles in the next 61 games. In that same span, the Phillies have gone from leading the National League east to their current spot in third place, seven games back of the division leading Atlanta Braves.
And given the standings and Werth’s pending free agency, this move is a surprise to no one.
ESPN’s Buster Olney weighed in last night on Twitter, saying that “The Phillies are working very, very aggressively to move Werth,” with Tampa Bay being a possible destination for the right-fielder.
Fellow ESPN baseball scribe Jayson Stark also weighed in on the Werth situation in his own blog, saying that “a source indicated Tuesday night that Tampa Bay appears to head the list of interested teams,” but that the teams were not close to a deal.
Meanwhile, as the Phillies were losing to the St. Louis Cardinals, it was reported that Jamie Moyer would head to the disabled list with a strained elbow suffered in the second inning of his start. Following the news that Kyle Kendrick was sent down to Triple-A, it further ratchets up the Phillies’ need for another starter.
Olney and Stark both posted on Twitter about the possibility of a major trade for a starting pitcher, implying that it would not be a move similar to the Lohse/Blanton moves of ‘07/’08, but rather the likes of Roy Oswalt, as per Stark’s Twitter: “Phillies have talked about lots of starters. But hearing they’ve spent a lot of time exploring an Oswalt deal.”
Olney commented similarly on the possibility of an Oswalt trade, speculating how the Oswalt’s contract situation is conducive to the Phillies and what they are looking to do in 2010 and 2011.
He also mentioned that the Phillies were also talking about Oakland’s Ben Sheets, Arizona’s Dan Haren, and “any of the Rays’ pitchers.”
The most likely (and ideal) situation for the Phillies is that they move Jayson Werth for prospects, which could then be flipped, along with their current stock, to another team for a starting pitcher. Most signs point to Tampa Bay and Houston as the likely suitors.
Following that, the Phillies would likely call up Domonic Brown to replace Werth in right field. Doing that would certainly please the fan base and also give Brown a small taste of The Show before 2011, when he was expected to become a full time starter for the Phils.
This would hopefully give the Phillies a shot of youthful exuberance, along with a rotation that boasted three of the best starters in the National League. And given their penchant for making late season runs, the triumvirate of Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt in Octorber would be enough to frighten any team.
However, it should be noted that Roy Oswalt does have a no-trade clause, and could reject a trade to any team. There has been no indication that he would waive his NTC to play in Philadelphia, or that he was even asked to waive it at this point.
Given what we know about this time of year and how rumors tend to take on a life of their own once they enter the blogosphere, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt, at least for now. But Olney and Stark are fairly well connected in the industry, and when there is smoke, there is usually fire.
If you watched any of the games against the Cincinnati Reds, then you were treated to some awfully fun baseball, starting with Kyle Kendrick’s masterful start, which was followed by the Phils’ best come-from-behind victory of the season, which was somehow topped by the Halladay-Wood (yes, you read that right) pitching duel, and finally, capped off by a brilliant start from Cole Hamels to complete the four-game sweep against the best offense in the National League.
But lost in all that was several instances of fans behaving badly, none of which included tazing, green lasers, or vomit. I’m as shocked as you all are.
The first instance occurred during Thursday night’s game, when Jayson Werth was potentially robbed of catching a foul ball in the right field stands, due to a Phillie fan snagging it out of the air before Werth could get leather on it. It’s possible that Werth would not have caught the ball, and to be fair to the fan, he didn’t reach over the rail, but given the situation of the game (tie game, two outs), his interference could have been disastrous, especially if that possible third out turned into a run and, even worse, a loss. Fortunately for the fan – no harm, no foul.
The second and third instances both occurred during Sunday’s game, one inning apart.
In the third inning, Carlos Ruiz hit a line drive to the right-center field gap, and as it was coming down, a fan reached over the rail and tried to grab the ball. It was ruled a ground-rule double.
The next inning, Jayson Werth belted one to deep center field, just to the left of the tiny fence in dead-center. Again, a fan reached over the rail and snagged the ball in mid-air (pictured), giving Werth a ground-rule double.
Although Ruiz’s hit would have ended up a double anyhow, the same cannot be said for Werth’s. Had the fan not interfered, the ball would have likely careened off the top of the wall, meaning it could have bounced towards right field, toward center, or it could have died on the ball and fallen harmlessly back to the fielder.
Given the angle of that wall, and how hard the ball was hit, it is not unrealistic to think that Werth could have ended up with a triple, or perhaps an inside-the-park home run. As it happened, he ended up on second base, and would not come round to score. Had he ended up with a triple, and eschewing the fallacy of the predetermined outcome, he would have scored on Raul Ibanez’s fly ball two batters later, making it a 2-0 game.
And while the Phils would go on to win, the lack of an extra run was irrelevant, that’s not the point. The point is that fan interference is a problem, however small, in baseball, and I feel I need to use what little clout I have to address it.
First, and this is for the gentlemen who reached over and snagged Werth’s hit – let’s get the obvious out of the way: You’re not allowed to bring a glove to a baseball game, not at your age. Unless you have that syndrome that Robin Williams had in “Jack,” then I can safely say that you are an adult who brought a glove to a baseball game. I don’t know when the cutoff for that sort of thing is, but suffice it to say, you passed it over a decade ago.
Second – and this goes for all fans – we’re in a playoff race, folks, and you need to respect that. I know that it’s a great story, and that rawhide orb would look swell on your mantle one day, but for the love of Kalas, don’t mess with balls that are in play. You shouldn’t need me to tell you that; in fact, they remind you before the game. No excuses.
Third, everyone in the ballpark who sits in the first two or three rows has a responsibility to be completely aware of, not only their surroundings, but the situation so that they don’t interfere with possible game-altering plays.
Think of the first few rows at a stadium like those seats on an airplane that are located near the emergency exits. When you sit in those seats, you are given a responsibility. If something should go wrong, then you have to keep your wits about you and know how to act when the time comes. The same can be said for anyone sitting on or near the field at a baseball game, especially in their home park.
While a fan-interfered-with foul ball is unlikely to be a life-or-death situation, it can have consequences that can cost a team a game. Just ask Steve Bartman.
So please, if you are sitting in a part of the stadium where there is a possibility, however slight, that your going for a ball could have a consequence on the field, then please, just stay away.
October might depend on it.
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