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Phillies free agent RF Jayson Werth

Phillies free agent RF Jayson Werth

November 23 

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have two free agents who could get them compensatory picks in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft if they sign elsewhere, but only one will. 

A source said Monday that Philadelphia will offer salary arbitration to right fielder Jayson Werth, who is a Type A free agent, but not to right-hander Chad Durbin, who is a Type B free agent. 

The decision on Werth hardly comes as a surprise. If he signs with another team as expected — the Phils have had talks with Werth’s agent, Scott Boras, but Boras is expected to find a bigger deal elsewhere — Philadelphia will receive two picks: a team’s top available pick (either a first- or second-round selection based on its 2010 record) and a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds. 

If the Phillies had offered Durbin arbitration and he signed elsewhere, they would have received a sandwich pick. 

It makes sense to offer Werth arbitration, because there is no downside. If Werth declines arbitration and signs elsewhere, the Phils get the picks. If Werth accepts arbitration, which is highly unlikely, the club automatically gets Werth to return next season on a one-year contract. 

The Phillies would love that. 

Why not offer Durbin arbitration? The thinking could be similar to why they did not offer left-hander Jamie Moyer arbitration in 2008. Moyer went 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 33 starts the year Philadelphia won the World Series. 

He also made $7 million. 

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