If you follow baseball, you know Scott Boras is pretty much the Ari Gold of sports agents. He gets what he wants; he doesn’t settle for anything less than top dollar. So you could surely understand Phillies fans for fearing Werth changing agents and selecting Boras meant the right fielder won’t be back in 2011.
Here is what Werth had to say about the issue in a Q&A before batting practice at Citizens Bank Park on Monday.
Q: Why did you decide to switch agents, I’m sure Phils fans are wondering what that might mean in your possible return.
A: Being in the situation that I’m in, having never gone into free agency, over the past few months, I just thought it was time to make the switch. I went with Boras Corporation, I think it’s the best place for me right now. I don’t think it has anything to do with anything other than wanting the best representation going into free agency.
Q: Difficult going through this process and having to think about switching agents this time of year?
Q: Why yesterday? A: It was pre-planned. I made my decision at the end of last week. It just happened to work out like that. It was done on Friday. Once I did it, I just wanted a few days to have some time. For whatever reason, the way things worked out, that’s the way it went. Q: Boras has good reputation of getting the most for his players. Some fans might assume this means there is no chance you’ll be back. What do you say to that?
A: I can’t really comment on what other people feel. I know for me it’s just a matter of being comfortable with reputation and having a guy that I want to have representing me in this process. Any specific questions I’m sure you can contact the Boras Corporation and they’d be happy to answer any of your questions. For me it’s just about who I want to hire.
Q: Jayson, do you think there’s any shot you’ll be here next year?
A: Do you?
A: What do you think? I’m worried about the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, winning another division and winning the World Series. That’s as far as it goes.