It’s funny how all the “they have to re-sign Werth!” chants have faded. After a stellar 2009 season with 36 bombs and 99 RBI’s, Werth has been just ok this year. He was off to a hot start and the entire city of Philadelphia was screaming for the team to not let him hit free agency after this season.
But now? While his average is up to .280 this year (.268 last year), his power numbers are down and he’s been swinging wildly at times at bad pitches. He’s still a nice player, but not the fireball that most had hoped (yet, he’s still the Most Interesting Player in the World).
Well, despite Werth being the only productive right-handed batter in the lineup, ESPN‘s Buster Olney says that the Phillies are seriously looking to move him.
“Jayson Stark and I heard this: Tampa Bay involved in discussions for Jayson Werth. Could be landing spot for his salary, to free up (more) payroll space for a more expensive commodity — such as Roy Oswalt. The Phillies are working very, very aggressively to move Werth,” Olney tweets.
I’ve also heard rumors that Werth would be sent to the Boston Red Sox. They would send some prospects to the Houston Astros, who would then send Roy Oswalt to Philly.
But at this point, it’s all speculation. I would just have to think that if the Phils are able to land an Oswalt or Dan Haren, Werth and perhaps JA Happ would have to be involved.