Friday, November 5, 2010

First Step to Signing Werth?

All the way back in May, I asked the Philadelphia fanbase: what's winning worth to you?

The basis of my argument was that if you really want the Phillies to sustain their recent success, if you really want them to continue to bring in the best talent and keep their own stars, then you should be OK with the team increasing ticket prices slightly to continue to expand the payroll — so they can sign guys like Jayson Werth and Cliff Lee.

Well guess what … the Phillies are increasing ticket prices for next season. Is this the first step toward re-signing Jayson Werth or even the outside chance of reacquiring Cliff Lee? No one knows for sure, but with the Yankees rumored to be uninterested in Werth and some saying Werth may be back in red pinstripes, perhaps this is the first step in keeping the much-needed righthanded power Werth supplies.

I sure hope so. If the Phillies put that money toward making the team better, ideally by re-signing Werth, then I'm all for it. Winning doesn't come cheap, no matter how much we'd like it to.

So just do this already, Ruben. You just accounted for Werth's salary with the ticket increase. Go make this ball club better and get back to the World Series.

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