Werth will be a free agent after the season, and it will be interesting to see if the Phillies can re-sign him. Werth said Tuesday he does not expect anything to happen until after the season, which means if he plays well he only will become more expensive on the open market.
But look a little further into the future and there is Jimmy Rollins, who will become a free agent after 2011. Rollins joined the organization as a second-round pick in the 1996 First-Year Player Draft. He won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2007. He is a three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and one-time Silver Slugger winner.
He already is considered by many to be the greatest shortstop in Phillies history.
Rollins, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf, said Wednesday at AT&T Park that he hasn't thought much about finishing his career in Philadelphia.
"If you're a guy that is a one-team guy it's because the opportunity allows you to do that," Rollins said. "It means you're pretty good, I guess. It means you're important to the team. Of course, if you're pretty good you can switch teams a lot and make a lot of money, too. Some guys choose that."
Rollins said a few years ago that he could see himself finishing his career in San Francisco or Oakland, where he grew up.
"We weren't good then," Rollins pointed out about the Phillies. "We're good now. As long as we're good, I'm good."
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies still have flexibility to retain players like Werth and Rollins. The Phillies have shortstop prospects Freddy Galvis and Jonathan Villar in the Minor Leagues, but as Amaro pointed out, "They're kids. They're not one of the better shortstops in the Major Leagues."