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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.

 

Rockies expect Seunghwan Oh back in 2019

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Rockies reliever Seunghwan Oh recently said to the Yonhap News Agency that he wanted to return to South Korea to finish out his career. He has one year and $2.5 million remaining. His 2019 club option became guaranteed when he reached 70 appearances in the 2018 regular season. It sounded like Oh didn’t want to pitch for the Rockies next season. Oh said, “I am a bit exhausted after spending five seasons in Japan and the United States. I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans. I can’t make this decision alone. I’ll have to speak with my agency about the next season.”

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich has a different sense of the situation, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Bridich said, “From what we have been told, it was much ado about nothing regarding Oh. His comments to the Korean media were not specifically about 2019. It was more about ending his career there. Our understanding is that he has every intention of honoring his current contract.”

Oh, 36, pitched 68 1/3 innings this past season between the Blue Jays (47 innings) and Rockies (21 1/3). In aggregate, he posted a 2.63 ERA with a 79/17 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. The Rockies have the bulk of their bullpen returning next year, save for Adam Ottavino who is a free agent.