9 Nov 2010
Word is out that the Red Sox are interested in both Just Duchscherer (WEEI) and Jayson Werth (multiple outlets).
Duchscherer would be a low risk investment coming of yet another injury filled season. When healthy, he is a very effective pitcher having posted a career 3.13 ERA (139 ERA+). But he isn’t healthy often enough to be consider a reliable option. He missed all of 2009 and only managed 28 innings in 2010.
He is probably looking for a fresh start and I’m fairly confident the Red Sox (and several other teams) could have him for low-risk money. I think he’d be worth a shot to either compete for the 5th starting spot or a bullpen spot (he has experience starting and relieving).
As for Werth, his vitals remind me of Jason Bay (to quote Bob Lobel, “why can’t we get players like that?”). He has a decent OBP and SLG. He really broke out in the past 3 seasons and at age 31 he has reached his limit, but his limit isn’t anything to sneeze at. I’m not sure what his hit chart looks like, but perhaps Fenway would be good for him…or not.
Werth will probably command a bit less than will Carl Crawford so that might be the reason the Red Sox are focusing on him. Scott Boras represents Werth, so I really hope the Red Sox don’t go and spend like they did on JD Drew. I don’t care how you slice it, JD Drew isn’t and hasn’t been worth $14mm a year.