Tag:Jayson Werth
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:19 am

AL East teams covet Werth

If the Phillies falter, the American League East is interested in Jayson Werth, the New York Post 's George A. King III reports .

According to the report, the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have all told the Phillies they'd be interested in the outfielder.

The Phillies are 44-40 and 5 1/2 games behind the Braves.

Werth would fill needs for all three teams, but won't come cheap. For the Phillies to concede, it may take a large bounty to make it worthwhile. He can play both corner outfield slots and going to the American League, he'd be able to DH as well.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:36 am

Phillies won't call up Brown unless he plays

Domonic Brown The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling, but they won't call up their top prospect to provide a shot in the arm.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that GM Ruben Amaro admitted Domonic Brown could help the team later this year, but wouldn't do so unless he plays every day.

Since the outfield is full-up with Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth, that won't happen any time soon even though Brown, considered by many the best prospect in the game still in the minors, is banging on the door.

The youngster was recently promoted to Triple-A and has demolished that level to the tune of a .405/.435/.762 line in 46 plate appearances, this after posting a .318/.391/.602 line in 271 PAs for Double-A.

There are three possibilities for Brown to join the team. The first is the most obvious: an injury to a starting outfielder. Brown would be the most logical player to step in, even ahead of backup Ben Francisco and Ross Gload.

Second would be if Raul Ibanez was benched. The veteran was inked to an inadvisable three-year deal prior to 2009. While he was one of the best first-half sluggers for the Phillies, since the second half of 2009 he's been poor. However, Ibanez isn't at the point where he should be benched, and likely won't be until 2011, if then.

That leaves the only remaining option being the departure of Jayson Werth. The Phillies currently are five games out of first and unless they go on a streak soon, will fall too far behind the Braves and Mets what with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco out. That could open up Werth to be dealt at the deadline, which would pave the way for Brown in right.

Otherwise, Brown will have to bide his time until 2011, at which point Werth will most likely have departed as a free agent. If, somehow, the Phillies pull off Werth staying in town, then Brown either becomes trade bait or -- most likely -- Ibanez is sent to the bench.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 2:51 pm

Could the Phillies be sellers?

Jayson Werth The Phillies aren't exactly running away with the National League East as many expected, but could they run away from the division with the results of this week?

A FOX Sports report quotes Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. as saying, "I could be buying and selling."

The Phillies have two more games against the division-leading Braves before a four-game series with the National League Central-leading Reds. At that point, the team could be nearing a decision whether to go for it this season or roll over.

After the All-Star break the Phillies have three games at Wrigley against the Cubs, four at St. Louis, four at home with Colorado, three at home against Arizona and three at the Nationals to lead up to the July 31 trading deadline. That's not exactly murderers' row, but with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco out, it's not exactly the World Champs of a couple of years ago.

If buyers, the Phillies would need at least one player to help make up for the slack of losing Utley and Polanco, plus a big-name starter.

However, the FOX report notes teams know how desperate the Phillies are and are asking for a lot in return for a player such as Ty Wigginton or Miguel Tejada.

If the Phillies decide to sell, Jayson Werth and his beard could be out of Philly. Werth, 31, is a free agent after the season, would be the top bat on the trade market.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:19 am
Edited on: July 3, 2010 2:37 am

Hart deserving of votes in NL All-Star race

Corey Hart Now that the reaction to the latest voting of AL All-Stars is complete, we turn to the NL ...

It's hard to disagree with Albert Pujols at the top of the first base rankings. He's second in the NL in OPS, but not all that far behind Votto and has both the name recognition and defense working for him. But that Votto ranks fifth in voting indicates that not many may be fully appreciating Votto's season. After all, Troy Glaus and his .260/.364/.458 line ranks third.

Votto is at .314/.416/.579 with 19 home runs -- tied with Pujols among NL first basemen -- and has Glaus beat in almost every counting category: triples, runs, RBI, stolen bases, strike outs. The two are tied in doubles with 13 apiece, and Votto is the second-best fielder at first according to UZR/150. Glaus? Dead last. We can't even point to a big market or popular player here, really, as Glaus is in his first season with the Braves after not playing much of 2009 and Votto's more exciting given he's 26 and Glaus is on the wrong side of 30. Interesting.

At second, Chase Utley led the voting which was no surprise, but since he's out for eight weeks with surgery on his thumb, he won't be starting. The logical replacement is in fact, second in the 2B rankings with Martin Prado garnering just over 1.5 million votes. Impressive for a relative unknown, but Prado absolutely deserves the nod -- he's leading the NL in batting average at .333.

Third base has another Phillie, Placido Polando, just barely edging out David Wright. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, Polanco is shelved until late July so Wright will toe the third-base line in the first inning. The voting is close, here though: Polanco leads everyone with just under 1.5 million votes while fifth place belongs to Casey McGehee at one million. It's anyone's game between Polanco, Wright, McGehee and Chipper Jones along with Scott Rolen.

Really, it's down to Wright and Rolen as the deserving candidates. Wright playing for New York will carry him to the finish line, but he's in a virtual dead heat with Rolen. Rolen has flashed more power than Wright on the year but only barely, and Wright holds the same slim edge in UZR/150 fielding.

At shortstop, Jimmy Rollins is less than 500,000 behind leader Hanley Ramirez despite barely playing at all through the voting period. Troy Tulowitzki was a strong choice to start and currently ranks in third place with his long-term injury hampering his progress. If he hadn't gotten hurt, it would have been an interesting race between HanRam and Tulo.

At catcher, Yadier Molina has done absolutely nothing with the bat but is truly gifted with the leather. He has 1.6 million votes, edging out Brian McCann -- who leads all qualified catchers in OPS -- with ageless Ivan Rodriguez nipping at McCann's heels with 1.3 million votes. Carlos Ruiz is also over the million barrier, but is injured. Rod Barajas rounds out the voting.

Really, at catcher, it comes down to what you think is the most important. Offense or defense. It's a debate that has skewed to defense in team structure lately, but that was coming off an offensive-infested era.

In the outfield, Ryan Braun, Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier each have over two million votes apiece, and all are deserving candidates. Also extremely deserving are Jayson Werth (4th in voting), Corey Hart (unranked), Josh Willingham (unranked) and Colby Rasmus (14th). Heyward will miss the game with an injury -- even if he comes off the disabled list in time, as he says -- so Werth will probably slide into Heyward's spot.

Rasmus leads all outfielders in OPS, but was neither a minor-league phenom or someone who made waves in his rookie year last year, so it makes sense that his name isn't quite well-known yet. But it will be.

It's true that many feel Corey Hart (pictured) is a flash in the pan, but is that really a reason not to vote for him? His production is in the bank and irrevocable, and he was one of the league's best hitters. To have him unranked is a disservice, and here's hoping he at least shows up in the final vote.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 6:24 pm

Reds' Rhodes bounces back

Arthur Rhodes CINCINNATI -- Tuesday night Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes had a streak of 33 consecutive appearances without allowing a run snapped by the Phillies in a 9-6 loss.

So what did Rhodes do on Wednesday?

"Start a new streak," Rhodes said.

Not only did he exercise his daemons against the same team, he did it against the same hitters.

Tuesday Rhodes gave up a double, walk and double to Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez in the 10th inning, to give Rhodes the loss. Wednesday afternoon he struck out Howard and Werth before getting Ibanez to fly out to end the eighth. Not only that, thanks to Jay Bruce's homer off of Roy Halladay in the eighth, Rhodes picked up his third victory of the season.

"I had revenge on some guys I have to go out and get," Rhodes said.

Reds manager Dusty Baker has always stressed the importance of getting a reliever back in a game after a bad game to give him an opportunity to make good, and Baker said it was just as important for a veteran like Rhodes to get that chance as any rookie.

"Arthur was the first one to come in and say, 'Thanks for getting me back out there,'" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I really didn't need that, I was going to get him back out there no matter what. It's important to anybody. It's apropos he got the loss last night and the win tonight."

Rhodes' streak of scoreless appearances tied for the most in one season, shared by Mark Guthrie of the Mets in 2002 and Mike Myers of the Rockies in 2000.

Rhodes had stopped talking about the streak to the press -- not that he speaks much with the press anyway -- but hadn't stopped thinking about it.

"It was only mind for a little bit, when you've got something going on like that, a hitting streak or a home run streak, you think about it every day" Rhodes said on Wednesday. "That was on my mind the whole day. Now it's over with and started a new one today."

At 40, Rhodes is having an All-Star calibre season, allowing four runs (three of those last night) in 37 games and 33 innings, good for a 1.09 ERA. He's struck out 32 batters and walked 12, while allowing 18 hits.

"I'm pitching about the same I did in 2001," Rhodes said. "I've got to keep it going, doing what I'm doing."

In 2001, Rhodes went 8-0 with a 1.72 ERA for Seattle.

Also in 2001, Bruce was 14.

"That is a long time, I'm not going back further than that," Rhodes said. "I don't want to."

Bruce had yet to turn five when Rhodes made his big-league debut in 1991 and 10 when Rhodes finished 20th in MVP balloting in 1997 with Baltimore , where he was 10-3 with a 3.02 ERA.

Rhodes has likely been more valuable to the Reds this season, three years after Tommy John surgery. While many of the Reds relievers, including closer Francisco Cordero and Nick Masset, have struggled, Rhodes has been the bullpen's rock allowing the team to battle for first place with St. Louis. That's why it was nice to see Reds fans acknowledge that Tuesday night, when they gave him a standing ovation as he exited the game in the 10th inning, having just given up runs that would mean the team would drop out of first place.

"They appreciate quality, they appreciate what this guy has meant to the organization and the pride of the city in winning," Baker said. "He's one of the real warriors, I enjoy having on the team."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 5:11 pm

Yankees might be set in OF after all

Nick Swisher If you're like me, you stay up nights worrying about how to save the Yankees money.

Well, sleep tight, says Joel Sherman of the New York Post -- the Bombers might not have to pop for a big-money outfielder next winter after all if their current outfield keeps playing like this.

It has been assumed that the Yankees will add free-agents-to-be Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth to their Big Box O' All-Stars (hey, why not buy both?), but at the moment they have one of the better outfields in the American League.

Nick Swisher (.245 career average, now batting .301) is playing out of his mind, having his best season in virtually every statistical category. Curtis Granderson's numbers aren't great, but he's showed signs (a .978 OPS in May). Brett Gardner (.322 batting average, 22 steals) has given them more than they expected.

Tuesday night, the trio drove in the first four runs in an 8-3 victory over Yankee-killer Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

"I definitely do not think we are short in the outfield," hitting coach Kevin Long told the Post.

The question is, do the Yankees believe this level of play is sustainable for their current outfielders? If they do -- and there's a lot of season left before they have to make the call -- they might wonder how much improvement Crawford or Werth would bring with their huge pricetags.

-- David Andriesen

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