Heard Any Good Rumors Lately?
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 tonight 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 the Phillies 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.
The majority of the Phillies’ noteworthy deals are three-years contracts: Joe Blanton (three years, $24 million), Roy Halladay (three years, $60 million), Cole Hamels (three years, $20.5 million), Raul Ibanez (three years, $31.5 million), Brad Lidge (three years, $37.5 million), Ryan Madson (three years, $12 million), Placido Polanco (three years, $18 million), Carlos Ruiz (three years, $8.85 million) and Shane Victorino (three years, $22 million).
But while the Phillies are not expected to offer Boras the years or dollars he seeks, they could be positioning themselves to resign Werth in the event the lucrative deal he wants does not come from elsewhere.
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