As expected, Jayson Werth turned down a chance to stay in Philly for another year and will seek multiple years through free agency.
By offering arbitration, the Phillies have guaranteed draft pick compensation from the team that lands Werth. Boston is often mentioned as the leading destination for the right fielder, but Werth recently told CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury that he isn't close to signing anywhere. Werth's agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a similar deal to the seven-year, $120 million pact Matt Holliday received from the Cardinals. The Phils are reportedly reluctant to extend Werth with the years he's seeking, but have kept the lines of communication open. … Meanwhile in the Dominican Winter League, Werth's potential replacement, Domonic Brown, snapped his hitless streak with an RBI infield single last night in Escogido's 4-3 victory over Cibao. Brown, who had been locked in an 0-for-17 slump, also walked and reached on an error. Antonio Bastardo was charged with the tough-luck loss for Cibao, allowing the unearned run to score.
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