Phillies' Werth rejects salary arbitration

Posted: December 02, 2010

Jayson Werth rejected salary arbitration before Tuesday's midnight deadline and Jamie Moyer had successful surgery on his left elbow Wednesday.

In a move that surprised no one, Werth declined the Phillies' arbitration offer, which means the team will receive two high draft picks if the veteran rightfielder signs elsewhere.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has declined to comment about negotiations with Werth's agent, Scott Boras, and the agent has not returned numerous phone calls from The Inquirer.

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."


Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.

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