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06:39 AM ET 10.25 | Yes, much of the Phillies' core will return. For sure, when the Phillies have their three aces - Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels - back for another season, they expect to be competitive. But the bullpen could look completely different in 2011, and there is one giant unknown in the outfield. Jayson Werth is due money on the free-agent market that the Phillies probably cannot match. The rest of the room contained plenty of questions. In one corner, J.C. Romero already had a clubhouse attendant procure a cardboard box, and the lefthander stuffed it with his belongings.

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October 25, 2010  08:06 AM ET

I think Werth is a risky high dollar signing. How much of his success comes from the park and the lineup?

October 25, 2010  08:12 AM ET

Werth is a good player, but he is not worth the money he is going to get

October 25, 2010  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think Werth is a risky high dollar signing. How much of his success comes from the park and the lineup?

He didn't have much success with the Dodgers. But put him on a team where he doesn't have to be the star and he should still have a few decent years. Whether he's worth what he will be asking for? I don't know who is anymore.

October 25, 2010  09:19 AM ET
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He didn't have much success with the Dodgers. But put him on a team where he doesn't have to be the star and he should still have a few decent years. Whether he's worth what he will be asking for? I don't know who is anymore.

I think he's matured as a player a lot since his Dodgers days, but yeah he will be overpaid... but isn't just about everyone in Baseball overpaid?

October 25, 2010  09:21 AM ET
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Werth is a good player, but he is not worth the money he is going to get

They never usually are

October 25, 2010  09:52 AM ET
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i seriously hope the yanks don't go after Werth...he's decent but he and Swisher had pretty equal years.

Seriously? Werth is a true 5 tool player, Swisher is just a tool. Their offensive numbers are similar but Werth gets on base more and can turn just about anything into an extra base hit. In the field and on the bases Swisher does not even come close to the value that you get from Werth.

October 25, 2010  10:00 AM ET
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Seriously? Werth is a true 5 tool player, Swisher is just a tool. Their offensive numbers are similar but Werth gets on base more and can turn just about anything into an extra base hit. In the field and on the bases Swisher does not even come close to the value that you get from Werth.

I don't believe you

October 25, 2010  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Seriously? Werth is a true 5 tool player, Swisher is just a tool. Their offensive numbers are similar but Werth gets on base more and can turn just about anything into an extra base hit. In the field and on the bases Swisher does not even come close to the value that you get from Werth.

Swish had a real nice year at the plate.

October 25, 2010  10:06 AM ET

Should I stay or should I go now. If I go there will be trouble. If I stay it will be double.

October 25, 2010  10:20 AM ET
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I liked it when the Giants clinched in Philadelphia, and the Phillies fans just stood their crying, and then booing.

Stay classy Ohillie fans

October 25, 2010  10:21 AM ET

I wouldn't be surprised to see the Red Sox sign him seeing they have a track record for overinflating a free agents value in recent years,(Drew, Dice K, Lugo, Lackey).

October 25, 2010  10:25 AM ET
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I liked it when the Giants clinched in Philadelphia, and the Phillies fans just stood their crying, and then booing.

Sure you are not a replanted Phillies phan?

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October 25, 2010  10:35 AM ET
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I liked it when the Giants clinched in Philadelphia, and the Phillies fans just stood their crying, and then booing.

Kinda like the Giants fans are going to do after Texas sweeps them?

Anyway, Werth is a risking signing at his age and the dollar amount he's going to command on the free agent market. He started off the year red-hot, but never quite regained form after the All Star break. He also came up pathetically small in the playoffs (along with the rest of the team) and really looked kinda lost out there at times.

If he goes, I'm going to miss his right-handed power in our lefty heavy lineup, but I'm not going to lament the Phillies not signing him because I think he's got "overpaid bust" written all over him. All signs point to the fact that he could be a guy who gets paid and then cruises ... hiring Scott Boras is a sign that a guy is far more concerned about money than what happens on the field.

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