John Mayberry Jr. Traded to Blue Jays

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 31, 2014 09:09 PM | Comments: 19
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Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. was traded late Sunday night to the Blue Jays for third baseman Gustavo Pierre.

Mayberry had just arrived in New York earlier today and was set to be activated from the DL. He hasn’t played a game since July 20.

He hit .242/.304/.429 in 500 career games for the Phillies. He’s 30 years old now, and had no real future with the Phils, outside of being a bench player.

One thing he was good at was being a pinch-hitter. In 113 plate appearances as a PH, Mayberry hit .295/.345/.505 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

Still, the fact that the Phillies were able to get anything at all in return for Mayberry is a surprise, although I’m not so sure that Pierre is the type of return that was worth it. The move will likely open up a spot for an extra September call-up.

Mayberry was drafted by the Rangers in 2005 and traded to the Phillies following the 2008 season for Greg Golson in Ruben Amaro Jr.’s first move as GM. Here’s a write up from Baseball America on the trade at the time.

His father, John Mayberry Sr., also played for the Blue Jays from 1978-1982.

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  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    Pierre with 433 PAs, 13 BB 111SOs. Ouch.

  • Posts: 0 PaMikeyDC

    What has Golson accomplished as a pro?
    Did we “win” that trade?

    I always check on former PHILLIES now and the bigs. And to see Cosart shut out the Braves the other day, wow. And I was at the Baltimore game and had the opportunity to see Trevor May. And yes he is not that good, for now

  • Posts: 0 Robotnik

    One more Stanford grad to go…..

  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    My first thought.
    Although in JMJ’s defense, he was terribly misused for most of his time here. As misued as Ruf has been underused

    He’s also a nice kid (yeah, 30 is still a kid to me). I wish him luck in the North Country.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Yes we sort of won the trade by a photo finish type of margin. Golson has been a major flop.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I’d say they won it by a pretty margin, so far. They got a useful bench piece for four years. Meanwhile Golson has a total of 42 plate appearances in the majors. Golson is still 28 (two years younger than JMJ), so he could still do something, but he hasn’t been in the majors since 2011.

      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        *pretty big margin…

  • Posts: 0 lew

    Pierres numbers not very encouraging

  • Posts: 0 PaMikeyDC

    Thanks a lot @schmenkman.

    And hey y’all who knows- maybe a change of scenery can help? Look at Williams. Wow- he could be in our rotation next season. So far, better than paying KK.

  • Posts: 0 George

    How can Pierre not be worth it when “…the fact that the Phillies were able to get anything at all in return for Mayberry is truly remarkable…”?

  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    So let me get this straight…

    JMJ has a pretty respectable sample size of 113 pinch-hit at-bats hitting .295/.345/.505 with 20 RBIs (an RBI per at-bat rate rivaling the team’s $25 million starting first baseman) yet the Phillies were lucky to get anything back for him in return?

    Seems to me they misused the player for most of his stay in this city and dumped one of the few guys off the bench worth keeping.

    Strange baseball decisions are certainly not limited to the Phillies. Marlon Byrd was a great contributor while on the Mets (better than ever) but dumped because he was getting old. Then he became a great contributor for the Pirates but was dumped because he was getting old. Then he became a great contributor for the Phillies and everyone complained when he wasn’t dumped because he’s getting old.

    Now we’ve acquired a bad fielding young 3rd baseman who strikes out a lot and can’t hit in return for a guy who was a decent defensive replacement and a very good pinch hitter…. but getting old, I guess.

    I just don’t understand all the hate for Mayberry. Yeah, he never lived up to his early promise a starter but he was a solid contributor when used for his strengths. Perhaps a winning team like Toronto can find a place for him while the Phillies reload with the Gustavo Pierres of the World. Well the team is cooked for the season so let’s bring up Gustavo this month and see what magic he can perform that JMJ could not.

    • Posts: 167 photoFred

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      Yeh—it kinda looks like change for change’s sake. JMJ seemed to find his niche as a pinch hitter. Kind of a luxury on a team going nowhere, I guess, even though his salary was not really an issue.

    • Posts: 5221 Lefty

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      Shhhh – Careful how you word things. Next they’ll be clamoring to get rid of the regular commenters because we’re “getting old”.

    • Posts: 0 George

      Mayberry may have been a “solid contributor when used for his strengths,” but he didn’t have enough “strengths” to be useful in anything more than very limited appearances. He can’t hit righthanded pitching, so his pinch-hit appearances were limited as were his starts. A player like that takes a roster spot perhaps better filled by someone more versatile. That alone made Mayberry expendable.

      While I have nothing against Mayberry, he’s still a fringe player, and at 30 years old, he probably isn’t going to become something better. On the other hand, Pierre may not be great right now, but he’s much younger and has more of a chance to improve. He’s also cheaper.

  • Posts: 0 Pam H.

    Mayberry was underused, never given a decent/consistent chance. Revere can hit but can’t throw if his life depended on it. Brown is given too many consistent chances & should have been traded. I stopped trying to figure out what Amaro is doing…makes no sense. He should be let go…he’s too old!

  • Posts: 0 JayPhan

    Ok now revere has a piss poor arm but damn can that boy hit…so where the hell do u stick him?

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