Nov 292010
Free Agent RF Jayson Werth

Free Agent RF Jayson Werth

November 29

“If Jayson Werth is going to sign a contract with the Phillies or anybody else, it will not happen in the next couple days.

A report in Philadelphia this weekend indicated Werth could be close to accepting a deal with the Phillies, but it needed to happen by Tuesday. But one source said Sunday night the reports were untrue. Werth is not close to signing with the Phillies — or anybody else — and there is no deadline for him to make a decision.

The Phillies have been talking with Scott Boras, who is Werth’s agent. If they have not yet made an offer they certainly have discussed the framework for a deal.

If the Phillies have made an offer, a contract in the three- or four-year range is a smart bet. The Phillies signed Ryan Howard to a five-year, $125 million contract extension this year, but Chase Utley (seven years) and Jimmy Rollins (five years) are the only other current players the Phillies have signed to deals longer than three years, not including option years. ”

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