Tag:Jayson Werth
Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:17 am
Edited on: December 14, 2010 10:50 am

Winners and losers in Lee aftermath

Cliff Lee What in the world of Mike Cuellar is going on?

By adding Cliff Lee to the already-potent Roy Halladay-Roy Oswalt-Cole Hamels top of the rotation, the Phillies potentially have the best top of the rotation since the Orioles had four 20-game winners in 1971 with Cuellar, Pat Dobson, Jim Palmer and Dave McNally.

It's certainly the best rotation since the mid-90s Braves that featured Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, followed by someone like Steve Avery or Denny Neagle.

The bad news for the Phillies is that it wasn't starting pitching that let them down in October. It was not scoring enough runs against quality starting pitching from the Giants.

As for the offense, how has that changed? Jayson Werth, the team's best offensive player last season, is gone. Raul Ibanez and Placido Polanco are a year older -- and Jimmy Rollins seems to age two years for every year nowadays. He's not been the same player the last two years that he was before. There are also emerging questions about Chase Utley. And then there's Ryan Howard, who is still imposing in the lineup, but suddenly looks less protect and reminds people that he's 31 with fewer home runs than the year before in each of the last two seasons.

Still, ask most teams and they'd take their chances with Howard, Utley, Polanco and even roll the dice on whether Rollins will be happy, as long as they're behind a starting rotation for the ages, like the Phillies have accumulated.

The Phillies are the clear winner in this whole deal. Because even if there are chinks in the armor, it's still one heck of a suit of armor -- especially the sleeves.

For the Yankees, Andy Pettitte becomes that much more important to the Yankees. Pettitte has reportedly been mulling retirement, but is crucial to the team's rotation going forward. And if you think the Yankees feel bad about these developments, let's think about how the Mets feel having to be in the same division as Lee, Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels.

The Rangers, on other hand, were right all along. They could offer Lee comfort the Yankees couldn't match, and something he obviously valued in the end. However, the Phillies offered not only the pillow top mattress, but one he'd slept like a baby in before.

Texas also has a World Series-type team, but one without an ace. The Rangers weren't serious contenders until they pulled Lee from the Mariners last season, and now they're faced with the same problem months later.

The rivalry between New York and Boston means any time the Yankees lose, the Red Sox win and vice versa. The Red Sox, who have added Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are better (no matter what Evan says ), and the Yankees aren't as good as expected -- so the Sox win.

The biggest winner in all this -- besides the Phillies and Lee -- could be the Royals. Kansas City is dangling a bona fide No. 1 starter in Zack Greinke. And don't think Andrew Friedman in Tampa isn't receiving calls on Matt Garza about right now. The prices on those two starters haven't gone down in the last 12 hours, that's for sure. If you're going to get one of those, you'll have to pay.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 10:44 pm

Finding a match for Greinke difficult

Ian Desmond The Nationals want to deal for a pitcher and are "aggressively pursuing" a trade for Matt Garza or Zack Greinke, a major-league source tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post .

The Nationals like both pitchers, but have the problem that they don't exactly have the pieces either the Royals or Rays are looking for in return, especially since the team isn't ready to get rid of shortstop Ian Desmond (pictured) or starter Jordan Zimmermann.

"[Desmond] is a guy they think is going to be their shortstop for the next 10 years. That's a really tough guy for them [to trade]. It almost negates getting that pitcher," a source told Kilgore. "Everyone else [aside from Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth] is fair game. They're not going to move Desmond. They'd move [Danny] Espinosa in a  heartbeat."

The Nats could get rid of Josh Willingham, but he's arbitration-eligible, Roger Bernadina and even relievers Drew Storen or Sean Burnett. The team could also move catcher Wilson Ramos.

"I don't see Washington having enough to do a deal with Kansas City," the source said. "I don't see that they have enough to offer unless they were willing to discuss a Desmond or a Jordan Zimmermann, and I don't see that happening. I can't see anyone else for Kansas City that gets them excited enough to do it."

The best fit for a Greinke deal, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick writes , could be Toronto, which has expressed interest in the right-hander. The Blue Jays have catching prospects Travis D'Arnaud, J.P. Arencibia and Carlos Perez, plus outfielders Anthony Gose and Travis Snider. The Jays have balked at giving the Royals Snider and Kyle Drabek, the pitcher they got for Roy Halladay.

Crasnick writes the Yankees and Rangers probably aren't a match for a Greinke trade.

The Brewers have also inquired, and the Reds were reportedly interested in Cliff Lee at the trade deadline last season. Cincinnati has the prospects, but not the payroll flexibility to be able to afford the $27 million left on Greinke's contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:52 am

Werth to keep number, get paid for MVPs

Jayson Werth Mike Morse will be wearing a new number for the Nationals next season.

The 28-year old outfielder has worn No. 28 for 130 games over the last two seasons for the Nationals, but he'll have to give that up because among the other perks in Jayson Werth's contract, he has it written into the contract that he gets to wear the No. 28, the same number he wore in Philadelphia.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal has more details
from Werth's seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. In addition to keeping his number, Weerth will get $500,000 for his first MVP with the Nats and $200,000 for finishing second through fifth. He would receive $1 million if he wins a second MVP and $1.5 million for every subsequent MVP.

Morse had a pretty good season in 2010, hitting .289/.352/.519 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI in 98 games, but now projects to backup Werth in right field. He can play first base, and the Nationals are still looking for one of those.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 10:09 pm

Angels GM: Werth deal 'doesn't affect' Crawford

Tony Reagins
Angels general manager Tony Reagins was a late arrival Monday to the Winter Meetings, not getting in until the end of the opening day due to mechanical problems delaying his flight.

Of course the first wave of questions for him included his reaction to the seven-year, $126 million deal signed Sunday between Jayson Werth and the Nationals. It figures to seriously up the ante for a more highly regarded outfielder, Carl Crawford, whom the Angels are known to be targeting.

"I don't have a reaction," Reagins said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We still have to conduct business with any free agent, but this is part of the process. ... We're still conducting business. What other clubs do doesn't affect how we operate."

That's pretty much what Reagins has to say -- he can't come out and go, "Oh crap, guess we have to pay Crawford a bunch more now!" -- but his view that the Werth deal doesn't affect the market isn't the view that counts. Crawford and his agent, Greg Genske, had to be doing cartwheels at news of Werth's contract.

But if market price for Crawford is now an eight-year deal at $150 million-plus (some have speculated as high as $180 million), how many options could there be for him? Who's in position to commit that kind of money? The Angels have deep pockets, but that could hamstring them in making other improvements. The Red Sox want a big bat, but might be hard-pressed to go that high, especially with a big extension for Adrian Gonzalez now on the horizon. That leaves us with ... you know who. Fact is, we might have reached a point where a player who demands $180 million has just one place to get it: The Bronx. 

UPDATE: Sounds like the Red Sox might already have bowed out on Crawford. Speaking with reporters this evening, GM Theo Epstein said his team's remaining priorities are "bullpen...bullpen....and maybe add a right-handed bat.'' Crawford is neither a right-handed bat nor a reliever.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 1:42 pm

Money getting tight in Philly, Detroit

CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler is cruising the bar area at the hotel here at the Winter Meetings (that's coffee in his cup, I swear!) and here's a little bit of what he's hearing:

Kyle Kendrick • The Phillies are listening to offers for starter Kyle Kendrick (pictured), who could interest several teams. The top of their rotation is set, and they don't think they can move Joe Blanton, so that means Kendrick could bring something in return.

• The Phillies are looking for a right-handed platoon guy to split time with Domonic Brown in right, but they don't want to spend a whole lot of money. That's where Jeff Francoeur may fit in. The team doesn't have a whole lot of money left to spend, and could be looking for someone to be "the next Jayson Werth." It's a nice theory, at least.

• The Tigers would love to bring back Magglio Ordonez, but aren't sure they can afford him. They're selling pizzas for just $5, so money is getting tight in Detroit.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:43 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 9:07 pm

Werth signs with Nationals

 Jayson Werth
We have our first official free-agent shocker of the winter. In a move first reported by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com , outfielder Jayson Werth, one of the top free agents on the market, is joining the Nationals. Several other outlets have confirmed the news.

The Nationals have been making it clear they have money to spend, but seemed unlikely to be able to lure top players in their prime because they don't appear poised to win any time soon. Washington has finished last in the National League East six of the past seven years. Conventional wisdom is that losers have to overpay for star players, and considering agent Scott Boras' position that Werth was the top offensive player available, that could mean the former Phillie scored a monster deal.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that it's a seven-year contract, but no dollar figures have yet been reported. The Nationals have an announcement scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern

The Nationals had said their primary goal this winter was to get an ace pitcher, but after losing Adam Dunn to the White Sox, apparently they decided to spend their Dunn money to make a big play for a replacement bat. Werth would certainly constitute a big play.

UPDATE: Several reports have confirmed the deal as being worth (get it? worth ?) $126 million. As Jeff Passan of Yahoo notes, that's the same total value as the deals for Barry Zito and Vernon Wells. So, make of that what you will.

UPDATE: For Red Sox fans wanting to know how Boston let Werth slip away, CSNPhilly.com is reporting the Red Sox offered him three years with an option fourth, at an average of $16 million. Werth took seven years at $18 million per. Not that they should have been, but the Red Sox weren't even in the neighborhood.

UPDATE: Paople around baseball are reacting with shock to the terms of the Werth deal, and at least one, Mets GM Sandy Alderson, even took a little shot at the Nationals. Speaking to reporters at the Winter Meetings, he said, "It makes some of our contracts look pretty good. That's a long time and a lot of money. I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington."

UPDATE: If you're interested in precisely what Werth has to say about the signing, Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider is in the process of transcribing his introductory conference call with Washington reporters. You can check it out here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 4, 2010 9:20 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2010 9:21 pm

Phillies bring Brown back from Dominican

Domonic Brown So, how about that plan for Domonic Brown to replace Jayson Werth for the Phillies?

The Phillies may be getting a little nervous after the 23-year old's early departure from the Dominican Winter League. Brown hit just .069 (2 for 29) in nine games, the Philadelphia Inquirer 's Matt Gelb writes . Phillies manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Gelb that Brown was feeling tired and sluggish, so the team decided to bring him home.

It's a small sample size after a long season, so it shouldn't mean too much -- but let's just say it wouldn't be unprecedented for fans to overreact.

Brown played 93 games in the minor leagues in 2010 and 35 for the Phillies.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:07 pm

Rangers interested in Crawford

Carl Crawford's agents have been said to be sending iPads preloaded with Crawford-centric material to interested teams, so either the Rangers are interested in being the new Yankees or Nolan Ryan is going cheap for his wife's Chirstmas present and will re-gift the iPad -- either way, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweets the Rangers are talking to Carl Crawford.

The Rangers, who are also shopping for big-ticket item Cliff Lee. They've also expressed interest in bringing back Vladimir Guerrero and there have been talks linking them to trading for Zack Greinke.

An outfield of Crawford, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz doesn't sound too bad, though, does it?

Or perhaps it's just a smokescreen by Crawford's people to add more potential bidders, now that it appears the Red Sox would prefer the right-handed hitting Jayson Werth is a better fit for them.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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