BOSTON -- The lines are already being drawn with Jayson Werth, as agent Scott Boras—hired by the Phillies’ outfielder late in the season—took umbrage with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro as saying Werth didn’t have an “extraordinary” season.
Amaro was referring primarily to Werth’s .186 average with runners in scoring position, which Werth called “an anomaly.” Otherwise, as Boras correctly and emphatically points out, Werth’s numbers were up across the board, except in home runs. The 31-year-old outfielder, the best right-handed outfield bat available if he hits the free agent market, figures to command a deal that falls somewhere between the four-year, $66 million deal signed by Jason Bay with the Mets and the seven-year, $120 million contract Matt Holliday signed with the Cardinals.
Amaro said the Phillies want him back and have the resources to re-sign him, but said that depends on how high the bidding goes and how much Werth wants to come back. Without him, the Phillies would have a gaping hole from the right side.
All of this, of course, is of keen interest to the Red Sox, who are expected to be among the clubs bidding for Werth’s services.