Jayson Werth plans on hanging out a while

Werth will be 39 when his current contract ends, but it was not the first time Werth had brought up his desire to play a long career. Last year, in early August, Werth sat his locker in Colorado and explained his future plans. He anticipates remaining a regular starter for the duration of this deal. Even if not, Werth said, he believes he will hang as a bench player.

And he has family experience to draw from.

“My grandfather [Ducky Schofield] played 19 years in the big leagues,” Werth said. “I’ve always planned to have that same career. I’ve always wanted to play a long time. Like, as a little kid, I thought that was pretty interesting.

“My uncle [Dick Schofield] , he played 13 years and once he became a bench player, he retired. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I would do that. They would have to make me go away.’ I’ve always felt I’ll be an everyday player for a long time. But then I’ll probably hang out for a while.”


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Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.


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