The Phillies announced today they have avoided arbitration with outfielder John Mayberry Jr. and he has agreed to a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.587 million with performance bonuses. Mayberry made $517,000 in 2013.
Last year, Mayberry hit .227/.286/.391 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 353 at-bats. The 30-year-old has topped 11 home runs in each of the last three seasons despite having no more than 441 at-bats over that span. In parts of five seasons with the Phillies, Mayberry is batting .245/.304/.430 with 46 home runs and 148 RBIs.
The Phillies acquired Mayberry from the Texas Rangers in November 2008 for former-first round pick Greg Golson.
He isn't going to start (at least, I don't think that's the plan). He is likely going to provide a bit of versatility off the bench as he can play both corner outfield spots, centerfield (in a jam), and first base if needed. He bats right-handed with a bit of power and that is probably the biggest reason he is back with the Phillies.
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