While free agent Jayson Werth hasn't drummed up the kind of offseason action that we've seen around guys like Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee, there is a good amount of interest in the 31-year-old outfielder, and according to Nick Cafardo, two favorites appear to have pulled out into the lead.
The two teams apparently showing the most interest in Werth right now are the Red Sox and Tigers. For the Red Sox, Werth would be just another big bat addition, as the team's already on the verge of an Adrian Gonzalez trade. Because Gonzalez is due just $6.3 million in 2011, budget room would remain to add a player of Werth's caliber.
And while the Tigers have already been busy, signing both Victor Martinez and Joaquin Benoit, they would like to add Werth to upgrade an outfield that currently features Austin Jackson and a host of unproven young players with lower ceilings. Werth would be able to join Martinez and Miguel Cabrera at the heart of a reconstructed lineup.
Expect the talk about Werth to heat up very soon. As of this writing, it appears unlikely that anyone will be willing to offer the six-year contract that Werth is seeking.