Jayson Werth Rumors: Friday

The Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have told the Phillies that they would have interest in Jayson Werth if he is available, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. We heard yesterday that the Phillies, who would like to add a proven starter, are discussing possible Werth trades with ‘a lot of teams.’

Werth, 31, will hit free agency after the season and is projected to be a Type A free agent. That ranking likely boosts his value in the long-term. For now, Werth boasts a .278/.365/.514 line and plays solid defense in right field. Check back throughout the day for the latest rumors on Werth:

  • The Red Sox have shown interest in Werth, but no deal is imminent, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
  • An official of one team the Phillies discussed Werth with told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that he would be very surprised to see the Phils trade him. Stark reports that the Phillies appear to have evaluated the market for Werth, Ibanez and Shane Victorino. The Phillies would have interest in Vazquez if the Yankees make him available.
  • There’s no reason to believe that the Phillies will trade Werth to the Yankees for Javier Vazquez, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. The Phillies would want major league-ready players who are under team control after 2010 if they deal Werth, Zolecki confirms.
  • The Phillies would part with Werth in the right deal, but aren't sure how they would do without a comparable right-handed bat, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com (via Twitter).
  • The Phillies would prefer to move Raul Ibanez than Werth, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (via Twitter). The chances of that happening seem slim.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Phillies would be looking to obtain players who can contribute instantly and who are under team control after 2010 (Twitter link).
  • Rosenthal puts the odds of a Javier Vazquez-Werth swap at 50-1 and says the Rays are not likely to acquire the Phillies' outfielder (Twitter link).


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151 Comments on "Jayson Werth Rumors: Friday"


MB923
5 years 1 month ago

Out of the 3 teams, I would say the Red Sox would need him the most.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 1 month ago

Have the Yankees lost their minds? WHERE WOULD HE PLAY?!?!?!?! You’ve got an all-star right fielder, a center-fielder that you gave up your top prospect for and a left fielder that has improved DRASTICALLY. God I hope he goes somewhere else because I would lose ALL faith in pro baseball if he goes to the Yankees.

Boz
5 years 1 month ago

I rather have Werth than Gardner. I always thought his value was off the bench anyways

NYBravosFan10
5 years 1 month ago

his value was better off the bench…last year. Now that he has actually learned how to swing some lumber he’s quite valuable in my opinion

GermanYankee
5 years 1 month ago

quite valuable? I’d call one of the fastest guy in the MLB who has an OBP close to .400 and is one of the best defensive outfielders damn valuable. If the Yanks really get Werth then Grandy will have a new home very soon.

Boz
5 years 1 month ago

I can’t imagine they trade Grandy any time soon. he hasnt played much due to the DL stint and would not land anywhere near what they traded for him. maybe they platoon Grandy and Gardner since Grandy cant hit lefties?

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Pujols would be valuable on the bench too.

Boz
5 years 1 month ago

are you seriously comparing Pujols to Gardner?

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

no, I’m just saying… both players would be valuable off the bench, but they’re even more valuable starting… Pujols is obviously far better than Gardner, no one could say otherwise…
Gardner is no longer a .260 hitter that can only steal and get weak hits that end up at the edge of the grass… he’s one of the best leadoff hitters in the league now.

5 years 1 month ago

Gardner is WAY better than Werth. Werth is overrated just like most of the Philthies players, he’s hitting has diminished significantly after one fluke good season. I have no idea how he even holds a Type-A free agent standing let alone make it to the All-Star game….

5 years 1 month ago

are you serious? i guess that all of baseball overate him than to? werth is a 270 hitter 30 hr 90 rbi and 20 stolen bases with good defense

Phil Gunther
5 years 1 month ago

yea.. gardner is better than werth. the guy who hit more home runs last year than any other outfielder, who has plus speed and a great arm from the outfield. It’s funny how Yankees fan bash him now, yet their front office was courting him in spring training for next year.

ATLian
5 years 1 month ago

It’s the Yankee (pathetic) way of doing things.

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 1 month ago

C: Posada
1B: Teixeira
2B: Cano
3B: Rodriguez
SS: Jeter
LF: Gardner
CF: Granderson
RF: Werth
DH: Swisher

NYBravosFan10
5 years 1 month ago

Understandable but you can’t ignore what Cervelli has done. The little dude has been awesome when they have needed him the most and are trying to adjust to the fact that Posada’s career as a catcher is ending.

Boz
5 years 1 month ago

im going to throw this out there…do not re sign Posada…

as for what they do this year, who knows…but they would def have options.

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 1 month ago

I like Cervelli as a back up but he has no pop. 1 HR in his MLB career.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

The closer Werth gets to leaving, the more I HATE Ibanez and his awful contract.

budman3
5 years 1 month ago

Rays need a bat but not necessarily a RF’er. Zobrist is doing just fine out there and Rodriquez is above average defensively(and hitting) at second. I don’t see Werth becoming a DH either(Rays remember Pat Burell) and a RG hittting DH is all they really need.

M.Kit
5 years 1 month ago

What “proven starter” would boston give the phillies for Werth? certainly not clay.

5 years 1 month ago

the trade would have to be Werth, Brown, another prospect for Clay

bflaff
5 years 1 month ago

It’s somehow fitting that you misspelled genius in your handle.

5 years 1 month ago

I’m sorry Werth is highly over-rated after one good season…

NYBravosFan10
5 years 1 month ago

Ok actually here’s my attempt at a four way trade between the Rays, Yankees, Braves and Phillies.

Phillies get-Jeff Niemann and a copy of “Chicken Soup for the Cry-Babies’ Soul”
Braves get BJ Upton and a grant to build a new Waffle House
Rays get-Jayson Werth and some surf boards.
Yankees get-Melky Cabrera back and a big slap in the face from the Braves, Rays and Phillies!!!!

Boz
5 years 1 month ago

I dont think the yankees are getting enough in return

NYBravosFan10
5 years 1 month ago

Those are the major leaguers. Minor leaguers would be thrown in there too.

5 years 1 month ago

No way the Rays trade Niemann for a mediocre OF

coolstorybro222
5 years 1 month ago

then the braves throw sand in the yankees eyes and steal cliff lee away from them.

HomeRunKing
5 years 1 month ago

The Red Sox should have made a trade for an outfielder at least 4 weeks ago. The only negative would be that Werth would have to learn LF at Fenway or play CF. Not sure how his defense is in those positions, but I’d be willing to bet he could handle LF just fine after a short “break-in” period.

myname_989
5 years 1 month ago

Werth’s played some time in CF this year when Shane Victorino’s needed a break, or to get Francisco in the lineup in RF. He can play out there, but he’s a great defender in RF.

soxfan0928
5 years 1 month ago

I think the Sox will probably take him. They need the help more than anyone, and probably realize that and will pay a pretty penny for him, especially with Drew’s track record, plus Ells and Cam are both DTD even after they recover from their injuries.

Kitfisto007
5 years 1 month ago

Like I said in a previous comment. The Red Sox will give the Phillies Michael Bowden, Ryan Kalish, and Derek Gibson for Werth. We might throw in another prospect if we get negotiating rights. If you want a starter, take Dice-K as a throw in but we split the salary.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t mind that as much. Werth to NYY for Vasquez would be terrible.

hanmansucks
5 years 1 month ago

I agree, Vasquez is a FA after this season anyway (right?). We would be giving up draft picks in that deal. I’d rather see prospects for Werth.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

Of course, (and I know its not possible) I’d love to somehow dump Raul’s contract (even if the Phils eat most of it) to make signing back Werth possible. An outfield of Werth, Victorino, and Dom Brown next year would be pretty nice.

hanmansucks
5 years 1 month ago

That would be ideal, but I think they’d have to move more contracts then just Raul’s. If they ate just half of his contract they still have 128MM committed to only 14 players with raises coming to KK (Arb), Francisco (Arb), and Happ. Maybe move Victorino too? The safe bet here is to move Werth for prospects, one of which can hopefully replace Raul for cheap in 2012.

jerseyphanatic
5 years 1 month ago

Not sure I agree…Ibanez is making 10 per so if you ate half your gaining 5 to move to werth and Moyer is making 5 per and contract is up this year, so you could conceivably have 10 mil above Werth’s current contract number. I think that just moving Ibanez (especially if someone will take the full salary next year) gets it done.

hanmansucks
5 years 1 month ago

As the Phillies commitments stand right now, they have 134.7MM for 2011 to 15 players. Raul makes 12.167MM next year with bonuses. If you could move him this year (paying his full 2010 salary) to a team that would pay his 2011 salary, you’d still owe 122.5MM to 14 players. Add 15MM for Werth and you are up to 137.5. If the Phillies are planning to increase payroll this works, but if not they need to move more contracts to be able to field a team next year.

EcRocks
5 years 1 month ago

Werth is a free agent after the season. There would be an even exchange of draft picks (unless the Yankees sign him)

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 1 month ago

Bowden can’t even get AAA hitters out. Kalish is a lefty hitting outfielder, something the Phils do not need. Boston’s Minor League system looks pretty average this year. The Phils would demand Dubront plus others for Werth from Boston.

RahZid
5 years 1 month ago

Yep, a 3.68 ERA and .213BAA in 88 innings definitely suggests that Bowden can’t get AAA hitters out….

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=P&sid=t533&t=p_pbp&pid=476601

Bowden will be called up by mid August for bullpen help if he’s still with the team, he’s already begun transitioning into the pen in AAA.

soxfan0928
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah I guess Bowden doesn’t have a 2.50 ERA in his last 10 games and 57.2 IP…What about DiceK + Reddick + a mid level prospect? DiceK would do well in the NL, Reddick would too.

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 1 month ago

Might wanna know something about players before you bash him, bowden will be a good bullpen guy with his arm angle, similar to masterson ( who never should have been moved from that role )

zolttt
5 years 1 month ago

yeah the phillies would take a back of the rotation projected prospect, a 30 year old minor leaguer, and another left handed outfield prospect….

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 1 month ago

Kelly, Dubront and Middlebrooks is more like it.

Kitfisto007
5 years 1 month ago

Kelly is untouchable. No way the Red Sox give up a future top of the rotation guy, a middle of the rotation guy and a decent 3rd base prospect for a half a year of Werth. He isn’t exactly killing it this year. I say the maximun Sox offer is Bowden, Middlebrooks, Gibson, and a PTBNL depending on how the Red Sox do. They are all good prospects. What would the Rays or Yankees offer?

5 years 1 month ago

four prospects for Werth?? no way that ever happens unless its 4 30+ yr old career minor leaguers

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 1 month ago

God Philly fans ( all sports ) are the worst, ultimate clueless homers, NOONE is giving you that kind of package for your SLUMPING outfielder, deal with it, then use your brain and come up with a realistic offer

5 years 1 month ago

pot calling the kettle black.

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 1 month ago

How’s that exactly? Everything I said is true, he is slumping, he’s
also NOT an elite player, so he won’t get a huge return

700Level
5 years 1 month ago

Here’s why exactly: Boston fans are the most insufferable a-holes in all of sports who overrate their players and their teams. Seriously, try talking to a non-Boston sports fans once in a while. Everyone hates your guts.
As for Werth, going into last night’s game he had the same OPS as he did last year when he was an all-star hitting in a lineup that wasn’t made up of bench players thanks to a rash of injuries. How many OFers hit 36 HRs, had 20 SBs and was an excellent defensive players last year?

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 1 month ago

You are Waaaaaaay overrating werth, trade our best OF and middle infield prospect for a slumping werth? Crazy talk, werth is good, not nearly that good, and what happens when ellsbury comes back in august? Bench werth? Drew wont be benched , Cameron maybe but I doubt it, we don’t have a starter to trade at this point, wake sucks lackey has sucked lately, buch is out, Beckett out 2 more weeks, unless Philly takes wake or dice-k for him ( which they won’t ) we can’t deal pitching, we barely have enough as it is

parkdav
5 years 1 month ago

Too early to quit on Lackey? I say trade him sign Werth to an extension. Then get Cliff in FA next year.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

At that salary Lackey has negative trade value.

yandz11190
5 years 1 month ago

Im not a Phillies fan, but the idea of trading Werth is crazy. They are not far from the wild card spot, which is held by the Mets (Choke). If anything Werth is even more valuable to the Phils with Utley on the DL. A team that went to the World Series the last two years isnt going to give up becasue they are three games out in early July. This rumor is just a rumor, its never gonna happen.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

Perhaps you haven’t heard of Domonic Brown since you’re not a Phillies fan. The downgrade in offense would be minor (hopefully), while the return on Werth would fill in a bigger need.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

True. However, if there is ANY possibility of keeping Werth so the outfield could include him and Dom Brown, I think it needs to be explored.

yandz11190
5 years 1 month ago

Though Brown is a talented play and will be an good starter for the Phils he isnt enough to replace Werth, especially if they want to make the playoffs this year. The Phils cant tread water without their 2, 3 and 5 hitter. If anything trade away Ibanez and play Brown.

Muggi
5 years 1 month ago

If they could trade Ibanez, they would. Who’s going to want him though?

chaseiam
5 years 1 month ago

Yo AL East fans: I will speak for the rest of Philadelphia when I say, don’t expect Jayson Werth to come cheap. If you guys want him be prepared to give up a major league ready outfielder and a top of the rotation pitcher. He’s our only right handed bat with pop, Victorino is a more likely trade piece.

0bsessions
5 years 1 month ago

Enjoy the comp picks, then. Nobody’s giving up a top of the rotation pitcher alone, much less with an ML ready outfielder.

He’s good, but he’s not THAT good. Expect a return of slightly lower quality than Bobby Abreu got for you guys.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

I’ll probably get crucified for this suggestion, but I’d trade away Werth for Daniel Bard straight up.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

Bard is a cheap future closer. He has more value than a half a year rental OF.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

I agree. I think that would be a smart move for the Phils. Would the Sox ever do this though?

5 years 1 month ago

Absolutely not. The Red Sox pen is struggling besides their 8th inning man (you guessed it, Bard). So for them to give up their best reliever at the moment would be a huge mistake. Papelbon’s time in Boston may be up once his contract is over depending on how well he performs over the course of the year, so even more reason for us to keep the 100mph righty.

Honestly in my opinion we might not need another outfielder. Depending on how well our players come back after injury, we should focus on bullpen help.

5 years 1 month ago

Apparently you haven’t watched a Red Sox game beyond the 5th inning

coolstorybro222
5 years 1 month ago

yeah, the phillies have trouble with closing, so they can make Bard their next closer.

chaseiam
5 years 1 month ago

Lidge is fine. He’ll bounce back. The bullpen is a concern, but how long can you ride Kendrick, Blanton and Moyer? JA Happ is in Leigh, with no sign of coming up until late August at least. There is a need for a starter and a need for a bat.

myname_989
5 years 1 month ago

Who gave you that late August figure? He’ll be back after the All Star break. He needed a few more starts at AAA.

chaseiam
5 years 1 month ago

The late August figure is optimistic. There has been no word or desire from the phillies brass to bring him back. I know the fans want him here ASAP. Who doesnt love JA Happ?

1) His volicity is topping off at 86-89 mph.
2) He was getting rocked in Reading.

So yes a couple more starts are needed. BUT.

3) Where’s he gonna go? The phillies said they dont want him in the bullpen. Halladay, Hamels, Moyer arent moving out of the rotation. Blanton gets paid way too much to be removed and Kendrick has been pitching great!

4) Happ is the odd man out unfortunately. :(

jerseyphanatic
5 years 1 month ago

I would rather see the Phils trade Ibanez to the Rays and pay all of the remaining salary for this year. That gives Rays the bat they need for this year at no cost and it clears the way fro Brown to come up this year plus gives the Phils the needed salary space to resign Werth going forward.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

I feel like if it was that easy though, the Phils would have done that a while ago.

jerseyphanatic
5 years 1 month ago

I know I’m making it sound easy, but I’m not sure they were really looking at moving anyone on ML roster until recently. Remember Brown’s move up to AAA was recent and they were not sure if he would make the immediate adjustment he has. Clearly he has show now that he’s ready for the jump, so it make a ML outfielder expendable. Also the Rays desire for the bat is recent.

super_saxy
5 years 1 month ago

I think that he has shown the potential and that he is ready. Look at his stats this year.

chaseiam
5 years 1 month ago

Pathetic New Jersey: Why would anyone want to help us by taking Ibanez? He has a major contract with major $, and he hits ground balls to 2nd base 8 out of 10 at bats.

M.Kit
5 years 1 month ago

Bowden/Felix/Nava/Kalish for Werth?

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

alright, alright, alright…here’s how it’s going to happen (not really)…four way tradeYankees, Seattle, and Philadelphia Yankees Get: Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Ty WiggintonSeattle Get: Jesus Montero (NYY), Eduardo Nunez (NYY), Anthony Gose (PHI)Philadelphia Get: Curtis Granderson (NYY), Manny Banuelos (NYY), Alex Liddi (SEA), Bryan Mitchell (NYY)Baltimore Get: 500k (NYY). Ivan Nova (NYY), Mark Melancon (NYY)

chaseiam
5 years 1 month ago

Terrible deal for Phillies. Werth is a superstar, power bat, speed, great glove. We dont want prospects. We need someone to replace him on the roster this year. Dom Brown can replace Ibanez.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

yea, I have no idea what I’m doing haha
and I was in the middle of editing my post when I read what you said, so it’s different now, but possibly equally bad…

myname_989
5 years 1 month ago

Doesn’t really meet the Phils’ needs. It’s a good package, but not really what they’re looking for. There’s no front line starter to compete now, Curtis Granderson won’t fit anywhere unless they can move Ibanez, no utility infielder like Wigginton to help out until Utley / Polanco return… The best piece in that deal for the Phils is Alex Liddi. Haha

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 1 month ago

Loooooool. Omg werth a superstar?? Philly fans a precious, you probably think Scott hartnell, mike Richards and Kevin Kolb are untradeable superstars also right? Hahahahahaha, thanks for the laugh

700Level
5 years 1 month ago

Are you talking about the Scott Hartnell and the Mike Richards who beat the Bruins in the playoffs after giving them a 3-game head start?
Now that was funny!

5 years 1 month ago

If the Yankees wanted Werth and wanted him to fit in teh lineup, I’d have Swish start taking fly balls in LF to see how he’d handle it and prepare to lose Gardner or Swisher. As for the proven starter, Javy Vazquez. He may be bad now, but he’s a bust in the AL, good in the NL. Either that, or have Swish DH and just cut Johnson.

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

I see the Red Sox getting Werth. I think they will part with Middlebrooks, Reddick, Navarro and maybe Dice-K and a lower prospect. This will hurt their farm system a little but Werth is someone they’re going to want for years to come.

M.Kit
5 years 1 month ago

dice – k would seem to be pretty untradeable

Jason Klinger
5 years 1 month ago

Ruben Amaro is on the record as saying the team will focus on bringing in a starting pitcher and hope that the current roster can hold down the fort until Utley and Polanco heal. Werth will go straight up for a starter already on a MLB roster, not prospects, and Brown will be in RF the day after the trade.

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

That’s why im trying to say these prospects will be included. They’re still very young and at low levels in the Red Sox system but they sweeten the pot to acquire Werth. Dice-K would benefit in the NL anyways.

Jason Klinger
5 years 1 month ago

The Phillies have enough question marks among their SPs already (Moyer, Kendrick, Blanton, Happ). They won’t want another one in Dice-K, the human base-on-balls machine.

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

We shall see. Everyone doubts Dice-K but he’s produced over his career. He wasn’t worth as much money as he’s gotten but he has produced.

chaseiam
5 years 1 month ago

You are out of your mind! The Phillies will not just give Werth away. He’s one of the best outfielders in the business.

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

? These kids all have bright futures so nice try. Anyways he’s walking at the end of the season because Philly doesn’t have enough to resign him. And Dice-K has been battling injury, aside from that he can still pitch. And even if they have to step it up the Sox have plenty to offer. Would you rather see him go to the Yanks and get all their C and D level prospect? Their best are going to Seattle and Tampa isn’t going to give up too much to watch Werth AND Crawford walk. The Sox have plenty of prospects and would offer the Phils more than the two picks they will get when he leaves town.

HerbertAnchovy
5 years 1 month ago

Daisuke is one of the most over-rated pitchers in the game. Another is his team mate John Lackey. I will say, however, that Daisuke has some of the best luck for getting out of jams as anyone I’ve ever seen.

Potrzeba
5 years 1 month ago

Werth isn’t the guy to give the farm up for. He’s 31. And a fa. Give the farm up for Miguel cabrera. He’s under contract and young.