For Werth: The last thing I want to see when reading about this situation is anything about "greed" or "money being greater than rings" or anything that implies that it is wrong to value a huge contract over the chance at winning a World Series.
The objective of major league baseball players is to maintain employment for as long as possible and earn as much money as possible. That's it. It's a job. A World Series ring? It's nice if you can get it, but it's not why they play the game.
Sure, occasionally a player will take less money to stay with a certain team for a reason other than money, and occasionally that reason is a better chance to win, but players never significantly reduce their contract by years or money just so they can play on a winning team. It would be stupid. And although the "baseball romantic" that lives in all of us would love to believe these players value winning or team/fan loyalty or anything else more than money, it just isn't the reality.
So I say congratulations to Jayson for turning his talent and hard work into what everyone one of us strives for professionally, a lucrative contract to do a job that he loves.
For the Phillies: They knew this was happening. Dom Brown needs to step up and the Phillies need to sign a mid-level talent, right handed, corner outfielder to pseudo-platoon with Brown and Ibanez.
The Phillies will receive the Gnats second round pick and the very high (first?) "sandwich round" pick, giving them three picks between picks 30 and 50. Not bad.
Yeah, and I guess we'll all miss the beard.
For the Gnats: They overpaid. Obviously. Luckily I don't give two shits about the Gnats. If the Phillies would have made this deal I would have ruptured a brain aneurysm. Want to read more about the Gnats and their new star player? Didn't think so...