Jayson Werth was signed by the Phillies in a deal that made no headlines. €
The former first round pick, who was looking for the fourth team of his young career, had been plagued by injuries. That didn't stop former Phillies GM Pat Gillick from taking a shot on the athletic outfielder.
In his first season with the Phillies, Werth showed potential, hitting .298 with 8 HR and 29 RBI in only 255 at bats. It was enough for the Phillies to resign the right fielder, and it looked as if he would take over as the starting right fielder come 2008. But then the team signed Geoff Jenkins and put Werth back on the bench.
Many know the story of Werth walking into Manuel's office and telling him he thought he should play everyday. Manuel said he would make him the starter if he hit right-handed pitching better.
Werth did just that and then some more, having a breakout year in 2008. He hit .273 with 24 HR and 67 RBI, in 418 at bats.
In 2009 he had a career year, hitting .268 with 36 HR, and 99 RBI while being voted to his first All-Star game.
In the process, Werth became a fan favorite in Philadelphia. But he was also going into the 2010 season on the last year of his contract. Seeing players like Joe Blanton, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, and Carlos Ruiz all sign extensions, fans were wondering when it would be Werth's turn.
He started off the season hot, hitting way over .300 and leading MLB in extra base hits. His early production had fans begging management to resign the right fielder, but he still saw no contract extension.
Then Werth came down to earth after his hot start.
He started, along with the rest of the team, slumping hard and failing to hit with runners in scoring position. With the team slumping, rumors started circulating that the Phillies would trade Werth so they could get some value for him instead of letting him walk at the end of the season.
A three team trade was rumored to be in the works that would send Werth to Tampa Bay, Roy Oswalt to Philly, and prospects to Houston.
The Phillies decided to keep Werth; they even got Oswalt without including Werth in the trade. It's a good thing they didn't, because Werth has come out of his slump, hitting .329 in the month of August.