Tag:Jayson Werth
Posted on: September 6, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Report: Werth to hire Boras as agent

Jayson Werth 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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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:18 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:52 am
 

No-hitter watch: Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda has a no-hitter through five innings against the Phillies.

Kuroda has thrown 59 pitches and struck out four. Jayson Werth has been the Phillies' lone baserunner. He was hit in the second inning.

UPDATE: Kuroda walked his first batter of the game, Carlos Ruiz, but got his fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game to get through the sixth inning. Roy Halladay hasn't been as sharp, allowing three runs on eight hits as the Dodgers lead 3-0.

UPDATE: And we're through seven, as Kuroda retired Chase Utley, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard. He's thrown 83 pitches.

UPDATE: Now this is just funny -- a guy who was 1 for 46 coming in has more hits than the Phillies. Yep, Kuroda picked up his first hit of the season in the bottom of the seventh.

UPDATE: Kuroda has entered the eighth with a no-hitter before and is searching to leave the eighth inning with a no-hitter for the first time. Former Dodgers Shane Victorino singles to right with one out in the eighth to break it up.

UPDATE: Kuroda's night is done after 7 2/3. He struck out the last batter he faced, Carlos Ruiz. He finished with seven strikeouts and two walks and is on the hook for the two runners on base as Hong-Chih Kuo enters the game for Los Angeles.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:29 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Victorino homers in rehab game


Shane Victorino The Phillies got encouraging news earlier today with Chase Utley and even more good news later as Shane Victorino tripled and homered in his first two at-bats of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Victorino had a single in two at-bats in his first game Monday. Afterwards, he told the Bucks County Courier Times : "I'm not feeling it at all."

Apparently he's feeling it tonight against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He singled in the first and homered in the third off of Pawtucket lefty Kris Johnson. He is scheduled to play seven innings tonight.

Victorino has been on the disabled list since straining his left abdominal muscle on July 27.

He's scheduled to play nine innings Thursday for the Iron Pigs, but if he's ready now, why not call him up right away?

He'll be back soon enough, and when he is back with the Phillies, does the team send top prospect Domonic Brown back to the minors?

Brown went into Wednesday's game hitting .257/.237/.400 with a homer and 10 RBI in 10 games with the Phillies. He drove in the team's first run Wednesday night against the Dodgers.

With Victorino back, it's likely the Phillies would go back to their regular outfield with Raul Ibanez in left and Jayson Werth in right. For Brown to get in his at-bats, he'll have to go back to the minors until his September call-up.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 7:01 pm
 

Busy day for DL

Kevin Youkilis With most injuries, you never quite know how bad they are until the next day.

As for last night? It wasn't a real good night for some of baseball's better players.

As was mentioned already, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis went to the disabled list today, and the news on that injury is a little up in the air.

Youkilis had an MRI this morning that found a torn muscle in his thumb that could require surgery. According to the Boston Globe 's Peter Abraham , doctors are uncertain about the extent of the injury and Youkilis will get a second opinion soon.

"They're searching for some answers because this is, I think, quite rare," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told Abraham and other reporters. "How it happened is a little hard to explain. … In the meantime, there's no way we're going to let him play and take a swing and hurt his career."

Francona said there's a chance that it could scar up and allow Youkilis to return after the 15 days are up.

Ryan Howard Youkilis isn't the only big-time first baseman to go to the disabled list today -- the Phillies placed Ryan Howard on the disabled list with a  sprained left ankle. The team called up John Mayberry Jr. to take his place.

Howard hurt the ankle sliding into second base in Sunday's game in Washington. He went with the team to Florida, but returned to Philadelphia on Monday to get the ankle checked out. With Howard on the DL, Jayson Werth becomes the only Phillie regular not to have visited the DL this season.

It wasn't all bad news for first basemen, as Reds manager Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay that Joey Votto (wrist) will return to the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Pirates. However, the Reds did put starting shortstop Orlando Cabrera on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

The Reds will replace him in the lineup with Paul Jansih, a superb defensive shortstop who has hit well (.270/.370/.413) in spotty playing time this season. To replace Cabrera on the roster, the Reds called up third baseman Juan Francisco.

As for Monday's most gruesome injury, test on Carlos Santana's left knee showed a high-grade strain of the LCL and hyperextension of the left knee, according to a tweet from the Cleveland Plain Dealer 's Paul Hoynes . Surgery is still a possibility for the Indians' top young player. The Indians also placed Travis Hafner on the DL and called up catcher Lou Marson and starter David Huff.

UPDATE: Hoynes has more on his blog abotu Santana's injury -- Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff says the injury isn't as bad as the Indians feared. "We do feel fortunate," Soloff said.

As for Howard, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters, including David Hale of the News Journal , that the team isn't sure how long Howard will be out.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 12:42 am
 

Phillies' Brown doubles in a run in first AB


Dominic Brown Phillies rookie Domonic Brown got a huge ovation as he stood at the plate for the first time in Philadelphia -- it was bigger after his RBI double off of Diamondbacks starter Edwin Jackson.

Brown pulled Jackson's 1-1 changeup to right and just barely missed a home run, but motored around the bases for a double and easily scored Jayson Werth, who led off the second with a  double. Brown showed why he was recruited to play wide receiver at Miami, with his long strides making what could have been a close play an easy double.

Brown went to third on a Carlos Ruiz single to left and then scored on Wilson Valdez' s groundout.

Brown's probably the Phillies' best offensive prospect since Ryan Howard. Brown had been the reason the Phillies were shopping Wertth, but he wasn't called up until the team put Shane Victorino on the disabled list. 

The 6-foot-5 outfielder was rated the No. 15 prospect in baseball before the season by Baseball America and didn't do anything this season to hurt that standing. In Double-A and Triple-A, Brown hit a combined .327/.391/.589 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI in 93 games.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Victorino DLed, Brown recalled, Oswalt possible

Shane Victorino The odds Jayson Werth gets traded may have just plummeted.

The Phillies placed Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after suffering an abdominal strain while diving back into first base on a pickoff play in the first inning of Tuesday's contest against the Diamondbacks. He is hitting .250/.311/.438 on the season, down from his previous levels but has cranked a career-high 15 home runs over 441 plate appearances.

To replace Victorino, the Phillies have called up top prospect Domonic Brown, who the Phils have been eyeing to call up for some time now. The minor-league phenom has hit for a combined .327/.391/.589 line over stints with Double- and Triple-A. His power numbers were greater for Double-A (.318/.391/.602) but in Triple-A he's been hitting the cover off the ball with a .346 batting average.

Brown hasn't exactly flashed much plate discipline in Triple-A (just eight walks in 118 plate appearances) but that figures to improve if and when he doesn't rake to the same clip as he is currently. He's a five-tool star who should start in right field, with incumbent Jayson Werth sliding over to center field.

On Tuesday, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reported that teams believed the Phillies were motivated to move Werth. However, with Philadelphia having won six straight and 3 1/2 games behind the Braves, that view has suddenly changed in light of the Victorino injury. Now, Werth is needed to plug the gap for a team that might be able to add Roy Oswalt at the trading deadline.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the Phillies have the general parameters of a deal agreed to for Roy Oswalt. The only problem? Philadelphia is not sure it wants to do the deal. The farm system would be even more depleted, as prospects along with J.A. Happ would be sent off to Houston. In addition, Philly has one of the largest payrolls in the game and that's not changing anytime soon. Oswalt would add to that, especially with a 2012 option for $16 million that the righty wants picked up.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Report: Phils eyeing Oswalt, try to ship Werth

Jayson Werth Earlier today, we learned that the Phillies may make a deal for a starting pitcher who could then take the rotation spot vacated by Kyle Kendrick on Saturday.

Now, ESPN's Jayson Stark tweets that the Phillies are working on a "major deal" for a starting pitcher. Jayson Werth would be moved in another deal, likely to offset the salary Philadelphia would absorb in the acquisition of the starter. Coworker Buster Olney concurs, saying that Roy Oswalt is a logical fit.

The two starting pitchers on the market that could qualify as a major acquisition are Oswalt and Dan Haren, but Oswalt is far easier to pry. Plus, as Olney says, the Phillies have not discussed Haren, Ben Sheets (who has been linked to Philadelphia before) or any of the Rays pitchers. The Rays have been linked to Werth as they seek a major upgrade with the bat.

All that makes Oswalt the most likely name to be headed to Philly, especially given Oswalt's next start is -- surprise, surprise -- Saturday.

Complicating things is that Oswalt has a full no-trade clause and may want to be convinced by the Phillies that they have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. The Phillies may also be forced to pick up the $16 million club option for 2012, although Oswalt may not make that part of his demands. AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price reports the Astros are very close to putting the deal before Oswalt for a decision.

As for where Werth could go, that's not as obvious. Here are some candidates:
  • Braves: The Braves are thought to be 50/50 on adding another outfielder as Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports . If Nate McLouth can return from his concussion at full strength, the Braves would be fine given a hot Matt Diaz and the return of Jason Heyward. Complicating matters is that the Braves are a division rival, although Atlanta has young pitching Philadelphia undoubtedly covets.
  • Giants: The Giants are looking for a big bat, but GM Brian Sabean has been adamant that he will not acquire any rental players. Could the chance to get Werth change his mind for a suddenly streaking team who is now tied for second place, 3 1/2 behind the Padres? The Giants could move Jonathan Sanchez to Philadelphia or a stable of prospects. The Phillies will certainly have a desire to restock its farm system.
  • Padres: The division-leading Pads of the West have made no secret of their desire for Corey Hart. They can only wait so long, however, and Werth is not a bad consolation prize at all and could even be considered better than Hart, as the Philly right fielder is a five-tool player. It's unclear what pitching the Pads could possibly cough up, though, especially with Mat Latos on the DL. While they have some intriguing pieces down the farm, there are none that jump out.
  • Rays: The Rays have been seeking a big bat for quite a while, and Werth would certainly be that bat. They have a ton of pitching to deal along with prospects and could match up perfectly, with the Phillies spinning some prospects to Houston by way of Tampa. The Rays could give up Wade Davis or Jeremy Hellickson, as well as no shortage of position player prospects -- especially shortstop, where Houston might love to plug in Reid Brignac or add Tim Beckham to its farm. Olney and Stark both heard the Rays are involved in discussions with Werth, although that doesn't necessarily mean they're the front-runner.
  • Red Sox: The Red Sox could certainly use a big thumper, but the team is about to have a plethora of injured players return, one of which is an outfielder. While Jeremy Hermida doesn't make anyone quake in their boots, their outfield production has been surprisingly effective. They have inquired as to David DeJesus but find the price prohibitive, according to the Boston Globe 's Nick Cafardo. Cafardo also reports that Hart's price is too expensive, so imagine what Werth's price would be to them.
  • White Sox: The ChiSox have been hungry for Adam Dunn, but the Nationals aren't budging on an exorbitant price. A scout says that the Nationals are acting as if Dunn is like Ryan Howard -- which is not all that far off an actual comparison. Bottom line, if Dunn doesn't happen, you can't count Kenny Williams out of a deal for Werth. If Williams made Chicago's farm system available for Dunn, wouldn't it be so for Werth?
  • Yankees: The Yankees are miffed that they missed out on Cliff Lee, and despite their sudden need for a starting pitcher with the Andy Pettitte injury, certainly wouldn't turn down adding a bat to an outfield that needs it. It's unlikely Jesus Montero would be swapped, but they have enough complementary prospects to make a deal happen -- but not to the level as other teams on the list.
You can't have trade rumors without a dark horse, though.

My surprise team? The Athletics.

Think about it: They have no interest in trading Ben Sheets, which has to count for something. Then you have the team 8 1/2 games out of first but very much still in the hunt. They lost Ryan Sweeney for the year and need a stick in the middle of the order -- even when they had Sweeney. And of course, they'll recoup draft picks if/when Werth leaves as a free agent.

It'll certainly be an interesting storyline to follow.

UPDATE : And the Phillies may have just lost a little leverage. Starter Jamie Moyer left Tuesday's game with an injury and the latest report from Todd Zolecki has the lefty headed to the disabled list. Manager Charlie Manuel compared the injury to J.A. Happ's, who took over three months to get back on a mound. Ironically enough, Moyer's replacement will likely be Happ.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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