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Jayson Werth could soon find himself on another team if the Phillies get the right deal
When you’re a defending NL Champion seven games out of first place, it’s time to make a trade.
Right now, Ruben Amaro, Jr. and the Phillies’ front office are looking to get some pitching, preferably someone who will be more than a rental player. As of today, the only two people who fit those guidelines are the Astros’ Roy Oswalt and the Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren. Both of these players are top of the line pitchers, which means the Phillies will once again have to sacrifice some of their top prospects in order add rotation strength.
What this means for fans, however, is that one of the Phils’ prominent players will be saying goodbye in the near future. The man I’m speaking of is outfielder Jayson Werth.
If the Phillies acquire either Oswalt or Haren, they’ll be left with a farm system that consists of Dominic Brown and… some other guys. While a move like this gives the Phillies an “in it to win it” attitude until at least 2011, the future could start to look bleak as the stars of today either begin to age or move on to other teams. Without trading a big name for prospects, the 2012 Phillies may re-gain the old nickname of the wheeze kids, the name given to the 1983 NL champion team that contained the fading stars of Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, and Steve Carlton.
With that not so pleasant image in the future, the Phillies will have to trade a big name player who has a contract winding down and who would most likely not resign with the Phillies if they want to re-energize the future of the franchise. This would bring the Phillies some serious prospects while saving them the drama of free agency this winter.
Sorry Jayson, but you fit the description. Looks like your time in red pinstripes may just be up.
Fellow fans, I know, that sentence pained me as much as anyone. But it’s the sad truth. I feel the same way I did when the Phillies traded Bobby Abreu back in 2006: heartbroken, but understanding.
Like I said, I’ll be sad to see the bearded wonder leave, but I also understand that it will give the Phillies the best chance at success down the road.
Look at it this way: the Phils get Haren/Oswalt and get top-choice prospects for Werth. This means seven of eight starters are locked in for the next two years with Dominic Brown under the control of the Phillies for about five years, giving the team eight of eight starters locked in for two years. Next, add this fact: the Phillies then have a starting rotation of Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt/Heron, Happ (if not involved in the Oswalt/Haren trade), and (maybe) Kendrick. By trading Jayson Werth, the Phillies then have a farm system of players that can either replace aging players (e.g. Jimmy Rollins) or could be used as future trade bait.
With a situation like that, it’s tough to not trade Jayson Werth, especially when he has a 95% probability of wearing a different uniform next season. As much as I hate to say it, but I think it’s time to say goodbye to J-Dub. Thank you for three years of excellent service and the best of luck to you, wherever you may land.
-Tom Hagan ’11