Werth hires Boras with free agency looming

Werth hires Boras with free agency looming

PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth has hired Scott Boras as his new agent, a source told MLB.com on Sunday.

Werth, who will be a free agent after the season, recently left Jeff Borris from the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Werth should be set up for a nice payday once he reaches free agency after the season. He is hitting .292 with 44 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs and 76 RBIs in 146 games. He has hit 60 home runs since the beginning of the 2009 season, which ranks second in the Majors amongst right-handed hitting outfielders. Werth also can run, throw and play good defense.

How this affects his future with the Phillies, if at all, remains to be seen. It already was believed Werth would be incredibly difficult to re-sign, with the Phillies already having committed more than $140 million in payroll in 2011, Domonic Brown waiting in the wings and Werth likely to fetch a contract at least similar to the four-year, $66 million deal Jason Bay received last winter from the Mets.

The Phillies had not had any substantial negotiations with Borris for months before Werth made the switch. That is unlikely to change with Boras, who certainly will have Werth test the free-agent market after the season.