Mum on future, Werth focused on present

Mum on future, Werth focused on present

PHILADEPLHIA -- Jayson Werth offered no clues about his future Monday at Citizens Bank Park, but he said he is comfortable after choosing Scott Boras as his new agent.

The Phillies are happy to hear that.

"I think for Jayson's sake, I'm glad he got it resolved," Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "Now more than anything else, he can just concentrate on playing baseball and trying to get us to the playoffs."

Werth, who recently left agent Jeff Borris of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, is expected to be one of the top two free-agent outfielders on the market. Carl Crawford is the other. Boras is known as the most powerful agent in the business, and he certainly will be looking for top dollar.

"Do you?" said Werth, asked if he thinks he will be back with the Phillies in 2011. "I have no idea. I'm worried about the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies and winning this division and winning another World Series. That's as far as it goes."

Boras could not be reached for comment, but he told CSNPhilly.com that Werth "is a franchise player on a championship team."

Jason Bay signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets last winter. Werth figures to seek at least that, which would minimize his chances of returning to Philadelphia. Amaro reiterated Monday the Phillies cannot have a roster full of $15 million-a-year players. They already have more than $145 million committed to 16 players next season, which would make Werth's chances of returning look remarkably slim, regardless of the agent.

"We would love to bring him back," Amaro said. "But our focus right now is not on Jayson Werth's contract."

Sure they would love to have him back. But is it realistic?

"We're not sure," Amaro said. "I'd like to think it is, but decisions like this will be made at the appropriate time."

The Phillies could have Domonic Brown be their right fielder next season, although Amaro said that is not a guarantee. Ben Francisco and Ross Gload are back next year. They could share time. They also could pursue a less expensive free agent or acquire an outfielder in a trade.