Werth's move to Washington may have brought money, but will he be happy?
I came across this subject while reading some posts elsewhere on the internet. I think it's a subject worth, pardon the pun, exploring a little bit. Will the Phillies miss the contributions of Jayson Werth this season?
The obvious answer is yes. I think the Phils will miss the attitude and swagger that Werth was starting to cultivate so well when he was on the Phillies, particularly the last season that he played in 2010. Werth had real good reasons to do well, namely getting a new contract from a ballclub that was willing to pay the price for his successes that he's had at the plate.
What Jayson often brought to the game was a willingness to do well. He tried his best, and Phillies fans recognized his strong desire to succeed and appreciated it. That will probably always be a part of what Jayson brings to the game.
Will Werth be as successful as he was when he was a Phillie? Now that one is up to great debate. The Phillies, in the past three seasons in particular, have been a team with a mandate. That mandate is to make the playoffs and then go as deep into the playoffs as possible with a World Series appearance being the ultimate goal. Will the Nationals team of 2011 inspire a guy like Werth to do better knowing that they may not have that great of a chance to even make the playoffs in 2011?
This is a dilemma that Jayson will have to deal with. The Nationals may not lose 100 games this year, but they surely appear not to be in the driver's seat to win 100 games either. That fact has to hit home on a player like Werth, so we'll see what happens.