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Fact is, if the Phillies give Jayson Werth everything he wants, then Phillies fans better get used to this team, because it is the one the Phillies will have for the foreseeable future.
At the point where Werth starts under-performing his contract—which anyone who has watched Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano in Chicago, Carlos Lee in Houston, Carlos Beltran in New York, Manny Ramirez in Los Angeles, or Vernon Wells in Toronto knows is inevitable—he becomes simply untradeable.
And since the Phillies aren't the Yankees or Red Sox, they won't be able to just write off his contract and go after the next big fish, especially with huge contracts also committed to Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay.
By the way, here is a list of the highest paid players in baseball this past year:
Alex Rodriguez CC Sabathia Derek Jeter Mark Teixeira Johan Santana Miguel Cabrera Carlos Beltran Ryan Howard Carlos Lee Alfonso Soriano Carlos Zambrano John Lackey Manny Ramirez Torii Hunter Barry Zito Ichiro Suzuki Magglio Ordonez Todd Helton Aramis Ramirez A.J. Burnett
Those players played for the Yankees, Mets, Tigers, Phillies, Astros, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Mariners, White Sox and Rockies in 2010.
Other than the Yankees, the only team that can really afford to pay a premium for bad players, only the Phillies and Giants made the playoffs in 2010, and while the Giants won the World Series, they did it in spite of Barry Zito, not because of him.
Does it seem like giving huge contracts to veteran players is the way most teams build playoff teams?