Even without Werth, we have a formidable lineup with Utley, Howard, Victorino, Rollins and Brown/Francisco, plus Polanco and Ruiz. Our lineup will still be among the best in the National League.
If the Phillies signed Werth for big money, that likely meant Jimmy Rollins was gone after next season, when he became a free agent. That would have made me very sad, as Rollins is a fan favorite and the Phillies version of Jeter.
Rollins provides leadership and spark to the Phillies lineup, and even though he had a down year in 2010, I don't think many people want J-Roll in another uniform in 2012. Rollins won't demand nearly as much money as Werth, barring a huge 2011 from Jimmy, but now we have money to sign him and still be competitive in free agency.
Overall, I wish Werth well in Washington, but the Nationals significantly overpaid. I wanted Werth back, but I am still excited for the Phillies next season, and I ultimately think long-term, it was a great thing we did not commit seven years to Werth, or even five or six years.
Jayson got the money he wanted and needed to earn since he has not had a big payday, and the Phillies got salary relief and money to go after bullpen help—and next offseason, they will need starting pitching, so now they have the money to do that.
The Phillies will still be a good team for the next several seasons if they are smart with their money; this was a smart move.