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Boras' words don't bode well for Werth's return

Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:26 pm
Scott Boras
Scott Boras thinks the Phillies are on financial par with the Yankees. And he thinks Jayson Werth is a bigger free agent than Carl Crawford.

This is not good news if you're a Phillies fan who would like to see Werth continue to wear red pinstripes rather than dark blue ones.

"We have, in my mind, probably the most coveted offensive player in the free-agent market," Boras told "Carl Crawford is a really great player, but the truth of the matter is, Werth scores as many runs, and his on-base percentage is the same. Werth is a guy that can play center field and has played center field recently. He's a Gold Glove-type outfielder. Crawford is, too. But the big difference is that Werth has 87 home runs over the last three years and Crawford has 42."

Uh oh. This could mean Boras is going to hold out and see how much Crawford gets (the answer: enough to buy Paraguay) and then expect teams to go one better for Werth. Can the Phillies afford to do that?

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently that they can, but the numbers the Phillies already have on the books are pretty formidable. They have $147 million committed to 16 players next season. If they keep all those players, they still have to pay nine more, and if one of them is Werth at $15 million or more, that puts the Phillies in luxury tax territory, a land currently inhabited only by those guys from the Bronx. The tax cutoff is $178 million.

Boras thinks the Phillies should be in that neighborhood.

"The Yankees are a Goliath," Boras said. "George [Steinbrenner] built them with the idea of the word best. The Phillies are now Goliaths. The reality of it is, they have the ability to do what they need to do to retain their players. It's merely a matter of choice. ... Somebody asked me if they can have a $200 million payroll. Of course they could. It would be good business to do so."

The message: "Hey, Phillies fans, if your team doesn't pay Jayson Werth, it won't be because I made preposterous demands, it will be because the Phillies chose not to when they totally could." So much for the new rules about not using the media in negotiations.

At this point, it's not looking good for Werth's return to Philly. With Domonic Brown ready to play, and earning around the minimum, it really doesn't make much sense for the Phillies.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jun 1, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 1:14 pm

Boras' words don't bode well for Werth's return

Returning to Philly for less money is the best thing Werth can do for his career.  Boras was a mistake.  Werth is an excellent player, but his numbers are improved by the team he plays for.  He is protected in a line-up as the right handed bat on a team stocked with lefties.  Thre are always guys on base, and always someone to get him home.  I think if he stays in Philadelphia, he will end up maintaining similar numbers for 3-4 more years.  If he is exposed on a lesser hitting team, people will wonder where his offense went.  HIs batting average/OPS could stay the same, but the RBI numbers and Rs will go down, and people will cry failure, waste of money, etc.  Ryan Howard is in the same boat.  The guy tallies record RBIs because of the OBP of the 3 guys hitting in front of him.  Without those guys, Ryan Howard is Adam Dunn, and nowhere near the MVP voting.  Werth can make another $20M on another club, but it will only hurt him and his legacy in the long run.   Boras doesnt care.  Boras wants to make the biggest commission he can, so he points out the raw numbers...I think 28 teams will know better, and the one or two that go after that contract will regret it. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2010 3:58 pm

Boras' words don't bode well for Werth's return

I think as Phils fans this year we learned one thing--We were still the 2nd Best Team in Baseball This year and have been one of the top 2 for the last 3 years....Even without Werth we enter next season with what may be perhaps our BEST startig staff ever....SO that excites me...I would like to spend money and sure up then Pen a bit...Thinking  Making an Offer to Dan Wheeler and isgning a guy like Scott Downs.... Cutting ties with several guys --like Durbin,Baez and Romero... Heck the Phils would be better spending 25 million a year on Cliff Lee....Then with your staff your guaranteed a trip to the WS next year...Why spend that money on Werth when there would be no guarantee...

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2010 3:55 pm

Boras' words don't bode well for Werth's return

The Phillies just raised ticket prices $2-$5 per ticket which will generate about $15 million dollars next year. You never know. After next year Ibanez contract is up and that would also help pay for Worth. It's not the yearly amount, it's the length of the contract that will be the sticking point with Boros.  Even with the ticket increase, the prices are still middle of the pact in the league which may lead to another increase again next year. 

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:59 pm

Boras' words don't bode well for Werth's return

You gotta draw the line somewhere.  I like Werth a lot, but you have to evaluate the rest of your roster, your payroll, and what you got out of it, and in all honesty they should pass.  I cannot fathom the Phillies being a team with a payroll of $180-200 million.

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