In advance of Jayson Werth's big payday, the Phillie is changing agents -- and Scott Boras looks like his new adviser.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Werth was "shopping" for a new agent, leaving Jeff Borris and the Beverly Sports Council. Now, NBC Sports' Craig Calcaterra is reporting that the 31-year-old is "way down the road" with Scott Boras.
This isn't Werth's first foray into free agency as he was non-tendered by the Dodgers after the 2006 season when he missed the entirety of the year due to left wrist surgery. Werth was a bench player who played frequently, but didn't break out until 2007 when he signed with the Phillies and morphed into one of the best right-handed sluggers in the game.
Werth has been playing under a two-year, $10 million deal that bought out his final year of arbitration and one of free agency. He is now hitting the market for the first time as a free agent due a huge payday. Given his advanced age, it's likely to be his last significant payday and there have been plenty of signs that Werth is looking for the highest dollar amount, which Boras certainly is known for.
Werth will have no shortage of teams interested in his services, with the Angels, Red Sox, Yankees and more all certain to inquire. Philadelphia may have a chance to resign him, but are already stretched thin and have a ready replacement in Domonic Brown to take over for Werth.
-- Evan Brunell
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