Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 1/17/14
#Phillies and John Mayberry avoid arbitration. He gets $1,587,500. — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 17, 2014 According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Phillies have avoided arbitration with outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry Jr. This is Mayberry’s first year of arbitration eligibility. Mayberry will compete for a job as the right-handed bench bat with the club in Spring Training. Analysis: As questionable as this move is, everyone saw it a mile away. Mayberry had by far the worst year of his career (.227/.286/.391 with 11 HR and 5 steals), a dramatic drop off from a 2011 where Mayberry showed such promise, even if it was just against left-handed pitching. Mayberry went from hitting lefties at a .306 clip in 2011 to .271 in 2012 to .240 in 2013. This move won’t prevent the Phillies from acquiring a different player financially but the move is curious because of the lack of improvement Mayberry has made in what were supposed to be the peak years of his career. Mayberry
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