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Phillies say they have what it takes to bring back Jayson Werth

10.25.10 at 11:19 pm ET
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Speaking to the media after his team’s elimination from the postseason, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Philadelphia has the desire and resources to bring back free-agent-to-be Jayson Werth, who is thought to on the list of players coveted by the Red Sox heading into the offseason.

“I haven’t had any discussions with (agent) Scott (Boras) yet,” Amaro said. “Over the next 48 hours or so, we’ll make contact. I guess the follow-up question is, ‘Do we have enough money to do it, and would we like to bring him back?’ The answer to both questions is yes. However, that’ll all kind of depend on what the ask is, and ultimately how that will affect us with other possible moves we would have to make to do that.”

The Phillies, who had a payroll of $138 million this season, have typically stayed away from too many long-term deals, which Werth will certainly seek out in free agency. Another one of Boras’ clients, Matt Holliday (who earned a seven-year, $120 million deal last year), may serve as the jumping off point in negotiations from the Werth camp’s perspective.

“(Length of contract) is always an issue,” Amaro said. “It’s probably the most poignant, always.”

Werth finished this season hitting .296 with 27 homers, after hitting 36 home runs in 2009. He has five days after the conclusion of the World Series to file for free agency.

“This is definitely not the same game I played in my grandparents’ backyard as a kid,” Werth said. “This is a business. Philly will be one of the teams in consideration. Realistically speaking, it doesn’t really matter what I think right now. What matters is what happens after the World Series. There’s no reason to rush into this.”

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)

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