October 30 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Contact has been made between Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the agent for Jayson Werth, although the free-agent-to-be rightfielder still seems certain to hit the open market 5 days after the World Series ends.
“We’ve touched base,” Amaro said, without offering specifics of the conversation.
Although Werth still seems like a longshot to return in 2011 or beyond, the Phillies likely will be in a position to receive compensation if he signs with another team.
Werth is a Type A free agent, according to this year’s Elias Rankings, a complex formula that Major League Baseball uses to grade the value of players. That means the Phillies could receive two draft picks if another team signs Werth to a deal.
Reliever Chad Durbin, a Type B free agent, is the Phillies‘ only other free-agent-to-be ranked in the system.
The compensation for a Type B free agent is a draft pick in the supplemental, or “sandwich,” round.
To be compensated for losing a player, a club must first offer him arbitration, which comes with the risk of his accepting and allowing his 2011 salary to be decided by a panel of arbiters. The Phillies are unlikely to offer arbitration to Durbin, who would be in line for a raise from the $2.125 million he earned last year.
Werth, who made $7 million last season, is a no-brainer to be offered. The Phillies would be thrilled if he accepted, but there is virtually no chance of that happening, as he is in position to land a significant multiyear contract somewhere.
The last day clubs can offer arbitration to free agents is Nov. 23. The last day those free agents can accept is Nov. 30.”
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