Philadelphia Phillies trade John Mayberry to Toronto Blue Jays
By Mike Lacy
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
John Mayberry, Jr.’s time in Philadelphia is over. The Phillies traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday evening in exchange for minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre.
Mayberry, a 2005 first round draft pick of the Texas Rangers, was acquired following the 2008 season in the first trade made by general manager Ruben Amaro. The Rangers were disappointed with Mayberry’s development, so they exchanged him for Greg Golson – the Phillies’ 2004 first round pick who they were similarly disappointed with.
Mayberry made a positive first impression on Phillies fans when he hit a home run against the Yankees in his debut. The home run was made even more memorable when Fox showed his father – former major leaguer John Mayberry, Sr. – in the stands. The only problem was that the fan they showed wasn’t actually Mayberry Senior.
Since then, Mayberry’s career has been up-and-down. He excelled in a platoon role in 2011, but when given a chance to hold down a full-time role in 2012, he struggled.
It became obvious that Mayberry was simply not a full-time player, and would be better served facing mostly left-handed pitching. Unfortunately due to injuries and a lack of other options, the Phillies were forced to use him in that manner over the past few seasons.
Jun 18, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; East center fielder Dalton Pompey (middle) is congratulated by third baseman Gustavo Pierre (left)and left fielder Jesse Winker after Pompey drove in the winning run in the ninth inning during the Midwest League-All Star Game at Fifth Third Field. East won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
In exchange for Mayberry, the Phillies receive Pierre. Pierre is 22 years old, primarily plays third base, and spent most of the year playing for the Blue Jays minor league affiliate in Dunedin. He was recently promoted to their AA team where he struggled offensively, but it should be noted that at 22, he is one of the younger players at that level.
Mayberry had been on the disabled list, but was expected to be activated on Monday. Since he was traded before September 1st, Mayberry is eligible to play in the playoffs if the Blue Jays (five games out of a Wild Card spot) qualify.