Phillies sign John Mayberry, avoid arbitration

Phillies sign John Mayberry, avoid arbitration
January 17, 2014, 11:15 am
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Over the last two seasons, John Mayberry hit .237 with 25 home runs and 85 RBIs in 794 at-bats. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies and outfielder John Mayberry Jr. have avoided the salary arbitration process. Mayberry agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,587,500, the club announced Friday morning.

On Thursday, the Phillies struck a one-year agreement with pitcher Kyle Kendrick worth $7.675 million (see story).

The signings of Kendrick and Mayberry leave the Phillies with just two arbitration-eligible players, pitcher Antonio Bastardo and outfielder Ben Revere. The club is negotiating with both. If agreements can’t be struck Friday, the two sides will exchange proposed salary figures and an arbitration panel will decide the player’s salary during hearings next month. Of course, agreements can be reached any time before a hearing.

Mayberry, 30, made $517,000 in 2013. He saw time in the outfield and at first base the last two seasons, but struggled to produce consistently at the plate. Over the last two seasons, he hit .237 with a weak .687 OPS. He had 25 homers and 85 RBIs in 794 at-bats.

It was a surprise to some that the Phillies even offered Mayberry arbitration in November. There was a thought that the team might allow him to become a free agent. There were indications that the team offered Mayberry a 2014 contract because it did not want to diminish his trade value. According to sources, the San Francisco Giants had some interest in Mayberry, but that interest dried up when they signed free agent Michael Morse.

So Mayberry remains with the Phillies, though he likely can still be had in a trade.