The Werth sweepstakes should heat up with the winter meetings beginning Monday in Orlando. One league source said recently that he believes Werth will receive a deal more comparable to the one Jason Bay signed with the New York Mets last off-season rather than the one Matt Holliday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Holliday signed a seven-year, $120 million deal, while Bay received a four-year, $66 million deal.
As for Moyer, he underwent Tommy John surgery in New York to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, an injury he sustained during a July 20 start for the Phillies in St. Louis. The surgery was performed by David Altchek.
Moyer, 48, remains hopeful that he'll be able to pitch in 2012.
"Thanks to the advances in surgery, many pitchers have made successful returns to the mound after undergoing surgery similar to mine," Moyer said in a statement. "I look forward to the challenge of making a comeback for the 2012 season. I love this game, and I still believe I can be a successful pitcher in the big leagues. Prior to the injury, I was feeling great and throwing well. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and good wishes."
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