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Red Sox In On Jayson Werth, But You Already Knew That

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According to Gordon Edes, the Red Sox have apparently contacted Scott Boras, expressing their interest in free agent outfielder Jayson Werth.

Not a lot of surprise here, if any at all. The Red Sox are going to be in, predictably, on just about every big-name free agent this offseason, especially in positions of need like the outfield. Despite having three potential starters there, the durability of Mike Cameron is in question, and picking up a strong outfielder would allow him and Drew to form a fairly natural platoon in right field.

Werth has been a 5 WAR player for the last three years, playing mostly right field for the Phillies while posting an OPS of .860 or better since 2007. Werth had his best offensive year in 2010, hitting .296/.388/.532, but taking into consideration his .352 BABIP and being on the wrong side of 30, the Sox have to be worried about regression in any sort of long-term deal.