December 2 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Jayson Werth rejected salary arbitration before Tuesday’s midnight deadline and Jamie Moyer had successful surgery on his left elbow Wednesday.
In a move that surprised no one, Werth declined the Phillies‘ arbitration offer, which means the team will receive two high draft picks if the veteran rightfielder signs elsewhere.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has declined to comment about negotiations with Werth’s agent, Scott Boras, and the agent has not returned numerous phone calls from The Inquirer.
The Werth sweepstakes should heat up with the winter meetings beginning Monday in Orlando. One league source said recently that he believes Werth will receive a deal more comparable to the one Jason Bay signed with the New York Mets last off-season rather than the one Matt Holliday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Holliday signed a seven-year, $120 million deal, while Bay received a four-year, $66 million deal.”
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