What Should The Phillies Do With John Mayberry Jr.?


Jul 25, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder John Mayberry Jr. (15) hits a single off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With several holes on the Phillies roster, Ruben Amaro Jr. has some tough decisions to make this offseason.  One decision that needs to be made is whether or not John Mayberry Jr.  should be a player they use to fill one of those holes.

Mayberry has spent his entire five-year career with the Phillies.  Throughout that time, the dilemma with the 29-year old outfielder has been that while he clearly does not belong in the minors, sometimes you wonder if he belongs in the majors either.

Last season, Mayberry hit .227, with 11 home runs, 39 RBI’s, and an OBP of .286.  Those were right in line with his lifetime numbers of .245, 46 home runs, and 148 RBIs.  Decent stats?  Yes. Good enough to be counted on as much more than a reserve? Nope. And let’s not forget that he turns 30 in less than a month.

While Mayberry has shown flashes of potential, and has had some clutch at-bats along the way, he is just not the everyday-type player that the Phillies desperately need. With an aging team like the Phils, they need to get rid of Mayberry and find a more young and consistent player to solidify the outfield.