Phillies Deal John Mayberry to Blue Jays
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The Phillies traded outfielder John Mayberry to the Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Gustavo Pierre. Mayberry Jr. has been on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.
Pierre, a utility infielder by trade, spent most of the 2014 campaign at High-A Dunedin where he hit .263 with seven home runs, he represents nothing more than organizational depth for the Phillies at this point.
While the trade didn't bring back much value to the Phillies, dealing Mayberry is hopefully the first step in process of mixing up the Phillies stale roster.
“You know, not that it’s a huge change, but we’re going to have to start churning the roster in a way that it’s going to have it be improved,” Amaro said. “We felt like we’re covered in the outfield as far as what we have right now and what we might have coming.”
Mayberry, 30, has been with the Phillies since 2009 and never really was able to grow into an everyday player. The right-handed had some success against left-handed pitching, but pinch-hitting was really his best role.
Could this move be the first of many? Amaro was asked that question.
“I think we need it,” Amaro admitted. “What we have on our roster right now isn't working. How much we do depends on what makes sense for us. We're still assessing what we have, but I think it behooves us to look to make changes because we need to be better.”
Should be an interesting winter in the city of brotherly love.