MLB Rumors: 5 Possible Replacements for Philadelphia Phillies Jayson Werth

Michael WallCorrespondent INovember 5, 2010

MLB Rumors: 5 Possible Replacements For Philadelphia Phillies Jayson Werth

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates a solo homerun against the San Francisco Giants with teammate Jimmy Rollins #11 in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on
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    The Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth becomes a free agent at 12:01 AM ET this Sunday.   

    While there is still a chance that Werth may remain in Philadelphia, many doubt that the Phillies will give him the contract that him and his agent Scott Boras are looking for.

    Philadelphia's talented outfielders currently include Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and the young Dominic Brown.  

    The problem is that Werth provided a right-handed bat to a lineup that is lefty heavy.  Brown, his likely replacement, bats left-handed as well. 

    Ibanez is not getting any younger and it is hard to predict his production next year.   

    If the Phillies lose Werth, they need to sign or trade for another right-handed outfielder because Ben Francisco is not the answer.

    Here are the best five possible fits for the Philadelphia Phillies if Jayson Werth signs with another team.  

5. Pat Burrell

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Pat Burrell #9 of the San Francisco Giants walks back to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October
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    The Philadelphia Phillies signing Pat Burrell is quite a stretch. 

    Burrell was no longer a fan-favorite during the 2010 NLCS when he played for the San Francisco Giants. 

    "Pat the Bat" would have to accept that he would not be an everyday starter, as he would platoon with Raul Ibanez in left field. 

    Of course it all depends on how much money and how many years Burrell will be offered from other teams. 

    Burrell's batting average last season was .252 and he hit 20 home runs in 120 games. 

    Signing the former Phillie, as a bench player, to a very inexpensive contract would not be that bad of a move.  

4. Austin Kearns

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 21:  Austin Kearns #26 of the New York Yankees runs against the Seattle Mariners in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on August 21, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 9-5.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
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    Similarly to Pat Burrell, Austin Kearns would be mainly a bench player.  

    Kearns could be a nice right-handed batter that can give Raul Ibanez and Dominic Brown some days off.

    Especially if Brown struggles, Kearns could play almost every other day depending on the opposing pitcher. 

    In 120 games last season, Kearns batted .263 with 10 home runs.  His slugging average was .395.  

    Kearn's salary for the 2010 season was only $750,000 so he could be a very cheap option for the Philadelphia Phillies.  

3. Andruw Jones

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 29: Andruw Jones #25 of the Chicago White Sox catches a fly ball at the warning track against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on August 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan
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    Andruw Jones, a player that Philadelphia fans loathed for many years when he was on the Atlanta Braves, could be a possible replacement for Jayson Werth. 

    Jones had an awful year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008, as his skills seemed to steeply decline. 

    However, over the last two years, Jones has put up some pretty good power numbers. 

    In only 82 games with the Texas Rangers, Jones hit 17 home runs and 43 RBI.  

    Last season with the Chicago White Sox, Jones had 19 home runs and 48 RBI. 

    The problem is that his batting average was only .230.  

    His salary in Chicago was only $500,000, so maybe the Philadelphia Phillies could sign him to a two-year deal for less than $2 million. 

2. Matt Diaz

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    ATLANTA - JUNE 27:  Matt Diaz #23 of the Atlanta Braves against the Boston Red Sox at Turner Field on June 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Atlanta Braves need to decide whether or not they want to keep Matt Diaz as he is a non-tender candidate.

    If Diaz becomes a free agent, he would be a great fit in Philadelphia. 

    In 84 games last season, Diaz hit seven home runs and had a slugging percentage of .433. 

    The Phillies would hope that Diaz would return to his ways in 2009, when he hit .313.  

    The fact is that Diaz kills lefties.  His career averages against left-handed pitchers are .335/.373/.533. 

    Diaz is only 32 years old and is a great candidate for a two-year contract.  

1. Jeff Francoeur

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 26:  Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Texas Rangers makes a pitching motion on the field prior to a workout session at AT&T Park on October 26, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The Texas Rangers will face off against the San Francisco G
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    Jeff Francoeur is only 26 years old and is another non-tender candidate. 

    Franceour hits lefties well and he also has a great arm in the outfield, similarly to Jayson Werth. 

    His career line against left-handed pitching is .299/.343/.481.  

    The New York Mets traded him to the Texas Rangers after about 130 games last season. 

    Once the outfielder was on Texas, he hit .340 with his new team.  He also helped the Rangers win their first playoff series and reach the 2010 World Series. 

    If the Philadelphia Phillies can land Francoeur, he would a great fourth outfielder on the team and take advantage of the small Citizens Bank Park. 

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