Former Washington Nationals staple and Chatham Glenwood High School graduate Jayson Werth formally announced his retirement from baseball on June 27.
Longtime Philadelphia sports talk host Howard Eskin invited Werth to be a guest on his show and conducted a wide-ranging interview that mostly spanned Phillies’ lore – but also included Werth’s decision to drop Scott Boras as his agent and his thoughts on Bryce Harper.
“I had offers in November,” Werth told Eskin, of 94 WIP sports radio, “And I was advised by my former agent to wait. Ill-advised, I guess.”
“Spring training came and went, and about halfway through spring training, I felt like I had been working all winter, I was ready to play. So I took matters into my own hands and I called every team [but one], and tried to get a job,” Werth said.
“Some guys were surprised that I wanted to play, which was surprising because I wanted to play. I let my agent know that I wanted to play. They said they hadn’t heard from him, hadn’t heard from me, just didn’t know I was available,” Werth said.
“They’ve got all these super nerds in the front office that know nothing about baseball but they like to project numbers and project players,” Werth said.
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo has said he would be open to finding a position for Werth, should Werth decide he wants one.