Former OF Werth rips Boras, Mets
The longtime outfielder eventually contacted teams on his own and signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners before a hamstring injury prompted his retirement in June.
Silence followed. The longtime outfielder eventually contacted teams on his own and signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners before a hamstring injury prompted his retirement in June.
"Some guys were surprised to hear from me -- they didn't know that I wanted to play," Werth said Tuesday on the Howard Eskin Podcast, as reported by Yahoo Sports. "Which was surprising, because I wanted to play.
"I let my agent (Boras) know that I wanted to play. And they said they either hadn't heard from him, hadn't heard from me, just didn't know that I was available. So that's one of the reasons why I'm no longer with that agent."
Werth, 39, hit .267 with a .360 on-base percentage, a .455 slugging percentage, 229 home runs and 799 RBIs in 1,583 games with Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. He also slugged 15 home runs in 63 playoff games and won a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008.
Midway through spring training, Werth decided to call every team to gauge their interest. He avoided only one team -- the New York Mets, a division rival throughout his tenure with the Nationals and Phillies.
"I wouldn't play for the Mets," he said.
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