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Werth ticked at Lee?

Posted on: December 15, 2010 4:29 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 4:30 pm
 

Jayson Werth and Cliff Lee had their introductory news conferences Wednesday, and there seemed to be a story behind the story.

Werth and Lee became BFFs when Lee was in Philadelphia before, and as both approached free agency this winter apparently they had talked about landing in the same place. Werth signed first and sort of scuttled any chance of a reunion by signing for a last-place team and hogging half the payroll. The Nationals reportedly made inquiries on Lee, but weren't considered serious players in the negotiations.

Nevertheless, Werth was apparently upset when Lee called to break the news that he was heading back to their old digs.

"When he found out I was coming here," Lee said, "he wasn't the happiest person in the world."

It could be Werth was bummed about not being reunited with his buddy. It could also be that he's upset the Phillies cried poverty when it came to re-signing him, then magically came up with $120 million to sign Lee. So he gets to sit in last place and watch Lee and the Phillies play NL wrecking ball.

"The news in Philadelphia, they got their boy back, I guess," Werth said. "That's fine. I think that's good. I like that. If you're going to be the best, you've got to beat the best. They make their plays, and we're going to make ours."

VIDEO: Lee meets the press in Philadelphia:

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Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:00 am
 

Werth ticked at Lee?

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:09 am
 

Werth ticked at Lee?

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Werth ticked at Lee?

The Phantastic Phills won the day outright believe it or not. Jason Werth and Scott Borass got what they wanted that big payday Jason has no reason to complain about Cliff Lee. Now that the Yankees have their payroll through 2017 they dont have a leg to stand on.Yes Boston is a happy team they signed early and often the Red Sox and the Phantastic Phills have won the day. Who is upset Jason Werth Derick Jetter yes they are they got their big dollars now choke on then.


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Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:09 pm
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Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:31 pm
 

Werth ticked at Lee?

is jason werth stupid?  Yea Lee, come to the nats with me.  We can finish last place.  I mean, thats like following someone of the side of a bridge when he gets a nice 126 million dollar parachute and you get a nice maybe 110 million dollar paprchute and nothing to show for it.  I mean, werth, if you wanted lee to follow you, maybe you coulda picked a good team?  The rangers maybe.  idk  just throwing that out there.  maybe lee didnt want to go to a last place loser team in the NL.  Maybe he wanted to win. Just maybe


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Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:25 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:54 pm
 

Werth ticked at Lee?

I seriously doubt that Jayson Werth is upset at either Lee or the Phillies over Lee's signing.

Agreed.  Sounds like people are making more of this than there is, based on Lee's one comment.  Would Werth have rather see his friend on his team?  Sure.  That makes sense, doesn't it?  Is it a big deal?  I don't see anything to indicate that other than a bunch of people jumping to conclusions.

BTW, the contract the Phillies offered Werth was not even in the same ballpark as what the Nationals offered.  Werth had one chance for a big payday in his career and he took it.  He wasn't some 22 year old Wunderkind who got blockbuster deals throughout his career.  He's a 31 year old who received a much longer, more lucrative contract than the Phillies were offering and it made good sense for him to take it.  I didn't see him whine or complain about anything, and I definitely don't take Lee's single comment to mean Werth is upset about anything - just that he'd rather be playing with his friend.

Bloggers, making a mountain range out of a molehill once again.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Werth ticked at Lee?

Why is he mad?

Because Lee chose a team that has a chance to win and he didn't? That's what is sounds like to me!

Poor Werth will become werthless in D.C. with all the rest of the misfits.


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Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:04 pm
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Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Werth ticked at Lee?

I seriously doubt that Jayson Werth is upset at either Lee or the Phillies over Lee's signing. Werth can't seriously have expected that the Nats would match the money the likes of the Yankees were going to throw at Lee or that Lee would have chosen a last place team in a city that he had no experience with over going to the Yankees or going back to the Rangers.

The Phillies didn't exactly cry poverty regarding their attempt to sign Werth either. Rumor has it that they were willing to offer him $15M/yr for three years. That's not chump change, and it's not a huge leap from there to what they gave Lee. The Phillies were not about to force themselves into trading off one or two players simply to keep Werth. Cliff Lee is in another category of players right now, and Werth is smart enough to understand that.


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