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David Montgomery Says Phillies Looking Past Werth

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Phillies’ team president David Montgomery was a guest on KYW Newsradio this morning, reviewing the recently completed baseball winter meetings.

The Phillies were relatively quiet down in Florida, but they did see Jayson Werth leave as a free agent — signing, of course, with the Washington Nationals (see related story).

Montgomery talked about where they go from here in replacing Werth.

“I think we have internal candidates,” Montgomery told KYW’s Harry Donahue.  “But at the same time, knowing (general manager) Ruben (Amaro), he’s active in inquiring about possibilities.  As it turned out, nothing really developed during the meetings themselves this time, but oftentimes you lay the groundwork for future deals,” he added.

Hear the entire Dave Montgomery interview in this CBS Philly SportsPod…

If the Phillies decide to stay in house to try to replace Werth, Montgomery says they have no shortage of possibilities.

“In the outfield, at least, we have candidates within the system.  Somebody like Domonic (Brown), who we’ve developed.  Somebody like Ben Francisco, who’s been used more heavily in other situations. And John Mayberry, who we acquired a few years ago for Greg Golson,” Montgomery said.

The Phillies did agree to terms with lefthanded reliever Dennys Reyes this week.  He pitched last season for St. Louis.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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