Werth's six tools would make a prime target of the hardware-happy Yankees and Red Sox. Of the two, the Yanks might have the inside track: his stepfather and uncle are Bomber alums. Back in spring training Werth had a long lunch with their old teammate, Reggie Jackson. He insists the Hall of Famer was reminiscing, not recruiting.
If Werth were to land in the Bronx, he'd play alongside Burnett, the guy who almost ended his career. On June 16, in a Phillies victory at Yankee Stadium, J Dub jacked one of A.J.'s fastballs into the rightfield seats. Later Werth was asked, "Did you savor the irony?"
Werth responded with silence and just a hint of a smile. It's not that he lacked an opinion, it's that he had no particular reason to share it with the rest of the world.
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