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Jayson Werth called every team but Mets for job last winter

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Jayson Werth retired at the end of June following a minor league stint with the Mariners. Yesterday he took to the airwaves, however, to talk about how his final offseason went and what he thinks of the state of baseball as he transitions into the role of “former player.” It was fairly entertaining to say the least.

Talking to Howard Eskin of WIP in Philly, Werth said that he had offers as a free agent last November but that his agent, Scott Boras, advised him not to take them. The decision in such matters is always ultimately up to the player, but Werth took Boras’ advice. That led to a winter of no calls from any teams at all, so Werth took matters into his own hands:

“Spring training came and went, and about halfway through spring training, I felt like I had been working all winter, I was ready to play. So I took matters into my own hands and I called every team [but one], and tried to get a job . . . the only team I didn’t call? The Mets. I wouldn’t play for them.”

Ouch to the Mets. Also ouch to Boras, who Werth fired after teams he spoke to told him that they hadn’t heard from Boras and assumed Werth did not want to play. Which . . . I would expect will lead to some sort of response from Boras today, but I suppose we’ll see. What I do know for sure is that Werth would not be the first non-top-tier player to suggest that Boras’ style does not suit them.

Werth went on to decry analytics and Ivy League-educated front offices. Those sorts are worthy of criticism, but he did not exactly cover new ground here, nor did he explain how the analytical bent of front offices did him, personally, and injustice. I wouldn’t expect a player in Werth’s position to say so, but there is not a reason to believe that there’s a place for him on the field at this point of his career.

That aside, it’s fun to see when a player does not go gentle into that good night.

 

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.