Werth confident he wouldn't be traded
Would-be free agent doesn't think payroll factors into decision
WASHINGTON -- Less than 24 hours before Saturday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, Jayson Werth is still wearing a Phillies uniform.
He'll be wearing one after the Deadline, too.
"I never thought I was going anywhere," Werth said before Friday night's game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. "I never felt like we were out of it. The only way that I would get traded, I felt like, was if we were out of it. Maybe I'm way off base here."
The Phillies were motivated to talk to teams about Werth because he will be a free agent after the season and they feel he will be difficult to re-sign. If Werth finishes the season strong, he could ask for $100 million or more.
Werth became unavailable once Shane Victorino landed on the 15-day disabled list and the Phillies started playing better.
But even if Werth's asking price is much lower during free agency, he will be difficult to bring back. The Phillies already have $145 million committed to 16 players next season. One of the reasons the Phillies got the Blue Jays to ship them $9 million in the Roy Halladay trade and traded Cliff Lee, who is making $9 million, was because they had reached a payroll threshold of around $140 million. They held firm to that until they picked up Roy Oswalt on Thursday.
"They could probably tell you whatever they want," said Werth, told that the Phillies only have so much money to spend. "The fact of the matter is that I don't believe that's the deciding factor and that it will be the end of me in Philadelphia. I just don't."
Asked what the deciding factor would be, Werth said, "I don't think that's up to me. I think there will be a decision. Both parties will probably have to make it. But I don't think payroll will be it."
Hamels downplays new Big Three
WASHINGTON -- Roy Oswalt chatted in front of his locker Friday afternoon with former Astros teammate and current Phillies teammate Brad Lidge.
Cole Hamels strolled past and briefly introduced himself to Oswalt on the way to the trainer's room.
Roy Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels have been called the Big Three since the Phillies acquired Oswalt in a trade Thursday with the Astros for left-hander J.A. Happ, outfield prospect Anthony Gose and infield prospect Jonathan Villar. Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels look like one of the best starting pitching trios in baseball, but Hamels isn't jumping on the Big Three bandwagon.
"We don't play basketball," he said.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh just signed big contracts with the Miami Heat. They're the Big Three of Miami, while Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are the Big Three of the Boston Celtics.
"Nah. Leave that to LeBron and the Celtics," Hamels joked.
But Hamels is aware that Oswalt's arrival is a significant one.
"It should be good," the lefty said. "It should be a win-win. He went through some tough stretches [in Houston]. He's 6-12. You have to have a whole team, and here we have the whole team. I think it's going to turn around for him."
Rollins returns to Phillies' lineup
WASHINGTON -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins kept quiet Friday before Charlie Manuel announced the Phillies' lineup at Nationals Park.
Would Rollins play?
Would he need another day to rest his bruised left foot?
Manuel said Rollins would play. Rollins suffered the injury Monday when he fouled a pitch off his foot. He remained in the game, but missed the entire series this week against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had hit .346 (9-for-26) with one double, one triple, five RBIs, two stolen bases and four runs scored in his previous six games.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.