The Phillies seem to be getting all of their ducks together: Jayson Werth has just signed a new two-year contract.

And now there were two as the Phillies and Jayson Werth have just come to an agreement, avoiding the need to go into arbitration. Jayson Werth, the Phillies’ rightfielder, after originally starting the 2008 season platooning with Geoff Jenkins, have just signed a two-year deal with the Phillies, dollars amount still to be release. Last year, Werth emerged as the team’s everyday rightfielder, as he hit .273, with a .498 slugging percentage and a .363 on-base percenatge, as he obtained 114 hits in 418 at-bats in 134 games played, as he hit 16 2Bs, 3 3Bs and 24 HRs, knocking in 67 RBIs, while scoring 73 runs and stealing 20 bases. In a six years career, he has a batting average of .263 with a .451 slugging percentage and a .355 on-base percentage, as he has 367 hits in 1394 at-bats in 460 games played, including 66 2Bs, 12 3Bs and 57 HRs, as he knocked in 222 RBIs, while crossing the plate 229 times, as well as stealing 44 bases. The signing, just like the earlier three-year deal with Ryan Madson, keeps Werth from becoming a free agent at the end of the season.

With Werth’s signing, the Phils now have only two players who are arbitration worthy at the moment, Chad Durbin and Ryan Howard, and I’m betting that Durbin will be signing a contract with the team by Friday night, since the two sides are close, money-wise.

Nice move front office. But, it would be even better if you can come with some way to get Howard to sign a multi-year deal that will be beneficial for all involved.

Edit: The numbers have finally been released. Werth will be receiving $10 million dollars for two years, being given $3 million this year and $7 million in 2010.

2 Comments

I really think Howard is going to hold out for arbitration…hate to say it but, he seems to really be motivated by the money. Maybe it is just his parents prodding him (saw his dad in an interview last year telling him to go for the cash)? If I were him, at his age and size, I’d be worried about injury, so I’d sign up for multiple years to guarantee my money, even if it is less per year. He is taking a big risk otherwise. If he gets 18 million and then has a bad injury, next year won’t be so rosy. Hoping he’ll come to his senses….not likely.

Jenn
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I hope that’s not the case, thinking only about the money, that is. Cause if he is, I have to agree with you, if he gets injured this year, he is so screwed. He should be thinking about his over all future and not just a year at a time. I mean, if he gets injured, and he has a bad year the next season, where his power numbers (HRs and RBIs) go down, then he is going to look back and see that he had messed up when coming up for arbitration. Be best for him if he took a several years deal, and see how things shake out from there. If the numbers are still there, and if he can lower his strikeouts total, improve his fielding (as in making fewer errors) and stop swinging at the junk, thereby improving his batting average, he’ll have a way better leg to stand on when he goes to the bargining table. Well, we’ll see, won’t we.

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