This won't end well.

Here is a frightening tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney (@buster_espn):

headed to free agency.The Phillies may swap Werth for players with less service time who can help them compete in '10 and in the yrs ahead.

Despite how Ruben would try to spin it, this move would prematurely wave the white flag on the 2010 season. 

Imagine if I told you last October, that in the next nine months the Phillies would trade away Cliff Lee and Jayson Werth.  You would A) call me crazy and B) think the Phillies were 15 games out of first. Trading Werth is the their way of saying "we didn't want to pony up the money to compete with the big boys."

Ruben better go incognito if this happens.  

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