Rays Should Focus on Werth

July 30, 2008 at 10:20 am 9 comments

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According to MLBtraderumors.com, Mike Tingle of ESPN 840 in Charlottesville spoke to Rays scout Mike Cubbage yesterday. Cubbage said that he plans to scout Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth, and that Werth may be available in the right deal. This makes total sense for the Rays.

Werth is hitting .272/.358/.485 with 14 homers and 11 steals in 235 at-bats. He is patient and can play all three outfield positions. He absolutely crushed lefties. He is hitting .304/.372/.627 with 10 of his 14 homers in 102 at-bats. His home ballpark hasn’t been a helping factor in his stats either (7 homers at home and 7 on the road with a lower AVG at home).

The Rays wouldn’t have to give up too much. I would guess the Phillies would want a starter in return. Perfect. The Rays could probably make a deal happen with Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel going to the Phillies for Werth and the Rays would then call David Price up to fill Jackson’s spot.

This makes a ton of sense for both sides.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  July 30, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Not going to happen. Both teams are in a playoff push so that doesn’t make sense for the Phillies to trade someone that is producing this much for someone to be a middle reliever. This will not happen.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Kyle Kendrick would get the boot from the rotation. Jackson is a huge improvement over him and the team sorely needs starting pitching if they are serious about making the playoffs. The Phillies could play Jenkins and also find another complemetary bat. It makes sense to me for this to happen with Werth not hitting righties much at all.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    This is from the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette:

    2:23 p.m.: An American League team source just called from Toronto (where the Rays are playing): Says Brignac and pitcher Jeff Niemann are the names coming up most often. Another source — not with a team — says the Rays will not part with the following three pitchers: David Price, Wade Davis and Hellickson. But a push from other teams could change that if the Pirates are eager for Hellickson, as it seems they are. Niemann, 25, is a 6-foot-7 guy capable of throwing hard, but he is not seen in the same class as the other three even though he is BA’s No. 7 guy.

    3:09 p.m.: The St. Petersburg Times’ Heater blog mentions outfielder Fernando Perez as a possible component in the Bay deal, but that most certainly could not be as a primary component. For one, he is 25 and, given Tampa’s needs, if he were worth it, he already would be in the Rays’ outfield. For another, outfield help is just about all the Pirates have, even if Bay is gone. The Times also mentions Niemann, and it reports that Rays manager Joe Maddon this morning told reporters in Toronto: “There are still some things on the table, and they’re interesting, actually, so we’ll see. I mean really interesting, possibly.”

  • 4. Erik  |  July 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    that is pittsburgh not philly where werth plays…

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Seriously? That hurts. Just updating the Rays trade rumors.

  • 6. Erik  |  July 30, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    sorry but the article was talking about Werth and how good a fit he was for the Rays…

  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I didn’t want to start a new topic on the Bay thing. I do believe Werth would be a great fit in Tampa Bay.

  • 8. MikeMcGinnis  |  July 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    good read jonathan and hey, i cannot argue with the logic.

    however,i think this all comes down once again to showing that the yankees really dropped the hammer on a few teams landing both dmaso marte and more importantly for the rays xavier nady.

    i am waiting for the deadline to fully pass tomorrow before writing an evaluation article on the yankees. i still think they are looking for another starting pitcher. so, far the yanks have seemingly doen quite well for themselves.

  • 9. supremesportsjustice  |  July 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I think the Rays will be welcoming Dunn or Giles by the trade deadline.


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