No surprise here. Jayson Werth is not going to sign up for a one year deal. The thing that surprises me is that he has not signed anywhere yet or that there is even anything more than "he's probably going to Boston" postulation.
So what does this mean? Well, Werth, being a Type A free agent, will net the Phils a first round and a sandwich round draft pick. If he leaves, you have to hope he goes to a crappy team so the draft pick is higher.
What's hurting Werth the most? Probably the fact that Carl Crawford is younger and that Justin Upton is available by trade. Teams would much rather fork over prospects instead of money for young "cornerstone" like JU. The Tigers seem to have spent a significant chunk of their available money on Victor Martinez. I would say the longer he goes without a contract, the more his chances of coming back to Philly increase. Maybe from 10% to 20%.
There have also been rumors of the Phils going after Carlos Quentin. This guy has been hurt each of the last 2 seasons. That's the last thing we need on a team that saw every regular besides Raul and Werth go down with an injury last year.
Lastly, in looking for lefty specialist, the Phils are said to be targeting Arthur Rhodes (remember he was our shitty setup man a few years back?) and Pedro Feliciano. Feliciano may also be addition by subtraction as he was the Mets main weapon against Utley and Howard these past few years. I would, however, be worried about the wear and tear on his arm. He's 33 and has appeared at least 80 games each of the last 3 years including an astounding 92 last year. If that was in the AL it would have set a league record.
You really have to feel for Derek Anderson. What a tough life it must be to work 17 weeks a year: