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Jim Salisbury Reports Jayson Werth is Not Close to Signing

Maybe it’s not contrary to Tom Byrne's rumor on 97.5 The Fanatic that the Phillies offered Jayson Werth a contract, but CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury certainly doesn’t support what rumors have been flying around. In a text message, Jayson Werth responded to Salisbury’s question about nearing a contract with the Phillies with this:

Not at all. It’s very early. I will make an informed decision in due time.

So while it doesn’t seem like he’s ruling signing with the Phillies out altogether, it’s not happening anytime soon. A Werth signing should immediately be followed by a Raul Ibanez trade or I will be a very sad panda.