Outfielder Jayson Werth is a free agent heading into his age-39 season (he turns 39 in May), but the veteran thinks he still has “a few good years left,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Werth says he’s been training hard this offseason and plans to come into spring training in great shape. He is “ready to go and excited about 2018.”
This past season with the Nationals, Werth hit a lackluster .226/.322/.393 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances. He played in only 70 games as a result of a foot injury. Werth hasn’t hit above the league average, going by adjusted OPS, since 2014. Along with battling injuries — he’s played in 301 of a possible 486 games since 2015 — he’s become more of a liability on the bases as well as on defense.
With the free agent market still largely unsettled, Werth may have to wait quite a while until he signs. Free agent outfielders still available include J.D. Martinez, Lorenzo Cain, Cameron Maybin, Jose Bautista, Jay Bruce, Carlos Gomez, Curtis Granderson, and Carlos Gonzalez.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.