Amaro Talks Phillies Offseason

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. talked about the Phillies' offseason at a news conference today, and David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer have quotes.

  • Amaro said he wants Jayson Werth back and the Phillies can afford him, but he expects talks to go deep into the offseason.  He'll make contact with Scott Boras over the next 48 hours.  Despite the prolonged timeframe, Amaro seems to want to address the Werth situation first: "We're not going to feel comfortable on anything until we know where we stand on Werth and go from there."  Werth, for his part, said he's "open to anything" but "this is definitely a business."
  • Amaro downplayed Werth's season, saying, "Jayson had a good year. It wasn't an extraordinary year.  He had a tough time with men in scoring position. It wasn't as productive a year as he had in the past."  I wonder if Boras feels the same way. 
  • Kyle Kendrick's work as the team's fifth starter was described as "a pretty good performance," implying that the 26-year-old will be tendered a contract and the 2011 rotation is settled.
  • The Phillies exercised Jimmy Rollins' 2011 option in December of 2009, but his next contract will probably be discussed after the '11 season.


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