Phillies to offer arbitration to Jayson Werth

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Cody Ross during the fourth inning of Game 6 of baseball's National League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

November 23, 2010 10:43:20 AM PST
Action News has learned the Phillies will offer arbitration to free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth.

The deadline to do so was today. Werth has until November 30th to accept or decline.

That would lead to a hearing to be held to determine his salary for one year with the Phillies.

It would then open the door for negotiations for a long-term deal.

If he declines, the Phillies will be compensated with draft picks should he sign with another team.

This is a last-ditch effort to keep Werth. He is considered to be on of the highest rated free agents on the market.

Meanwhile, the Phillies on Tuesday decided not to offer arbitration to reliever Chad Durbin.