Hit and Run: Jayson Werth, Another Cut, Rings, and Feds

Joba Chamberlain got his first taste of action as a reliever this spring. He had a save in today’s 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. Here is some other news on a nice Saturday afternoon:

  • The Yankees may have an inside track on signing outfielder Jayson Werth next season thanks to Reggie Jackson’s relationship with his family. Jackson went out to eat with Werth yesterday, but said the meeting was strictly personal. “This was not for the Yankees, this was for old-time’s sake,” Jackson said.
  • The Yankees cut Cuban righty Amaury Sanit yesterday.
  • TMZ reported that the Yankees will receive their World Series rings during their home opener on April 13.
  • Alex Rodriguez did not go to Buffalo yesterday to meet with federal investigators about Dr. Anthony Galea yesterday. The meeting was postponed, no word yet on when it will be rescheduled for, hopefully they can still get this over with before the season starts.

Most people have assumed that the Yankees will target outfielder Carl Crawford next season, which is still a strong possibility, but it is also possible that they will target Werth instead. Werth obviously isn’t as strong defensively or as fast, but he hits for a lot more power. It could come down to how much money each outfielder wants and it is possible that the Yankees get Werth for less money overall than they would Crawford, especially if he is motivated to come to the Bronx because of his relationship with Reggie.

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6 Responses to Hit and Run: Jayson Werth, Another Cut, Rings, and Feds

  1. Lefty says:

    This is a very key year for a consecutive title run, and I hope they didn't miss the boat by letting Jayson Bay and Matsui get away. If the Yanks don't get to or through the playoffs due to a light hitting outfield, they might take a run at Werth.. However, they might not want to pay the freight for him since they have an upcoming bat named Montero, and may choose instead to grab a decent starter if there's one available on the market. The Yanks have a window of the next 2-4 years where they could win several WS during which they'll need another starter to replace Pettitte, more power from the outfield, and replacements for Posada's and Jeter. A tall order, but certainly achievable.

  2. They don't have to replace Jeter for at least 4 years probably.

  3. Jeffrey says:

    Quite frankly, I don't think that it matters in any way that Reggie Jackson knows Werth's family. Such an important decision will be made for a million other reasons, money, location, family, etc.

    I just see this as a total non-news piece.

  4. I agree that Werth's decision will probably come down to other issues, but I do think it's worth noting how close Reggie is to his family and it's possible that it could come in to play.

  5. anon says:

    AND . . . Reggie Jackson is also from Philadelphia. It's NON-NEWS. Werth's family lives and breathes baseball. It always has. His grandfather played baseball on a WS winning team. His uncle was on the Angels. His stepdad was on a number of teams among them – the Yankees. But Werth said in WS press conf this past fall that his stepdad didn't remember the Yankees kindly because they cut him & he had no memories of any blue&white pin striped stuff around the house when he grew up.

  6. Alright, settle down. I didn't even write a full story about it, I literally gave it 3 sentences. Besides, no matter how much you want to deny it, people take jobs because they have a friends some place, particularly when that job is the Yankees who usually offer more money than anybody else. So I'd say that's worth at least 3 sentences.