Thu Jul 22 06:43am EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies are in that precarious place between trying to make a run and just falling off the radar, which makes the potential trading of fan-favorite Jayson Werth(notes) a difficult task. His contract is up at season's end.
If the team finds itself making a run, Werth's mighty bat of season's past could be useful. But if the team doesn't live up to expectations, which it hasn't yet this year (mostly due to injuries), Werth has a lot of value as a trading chip.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been talking to the Phils about acquiring Werth, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
The paper reports that the Werth trade talks are tied to the Phillies acquiring a front-line starting pitcher, such as the Houston Astros' Roy Oswalt(notes), the Arizona Diamondbacks' Dan Haren(notes), or Ben Sheets(notes) of the Oakland Athletics. It would save the Phils the approximate $3.5 million remaining on Werth's final year.
The third-place Phillies (48-46) are seven games behind Atlanta in the National League East.
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