Phils sign Mayberry to 1-year deal

John Mayberry Jr. has a one-year deal. YONG KIM / Staff
John Mayberry Jr. has a one-year deal. YONG KIM / Staff
Posted: January 19, 2014

The Phillies avoided arbitration with John Mayberry Jr. by signing the outfielder-first baseman to a one-year, $1.587 million contract plus award bonuses.

Major League Baseball teams had until 1 p.m. Friday to agree to terms on a deal before exchanging arbitration figures. Arbitration hearings will be next month.

An arbitration-eligible player can sign at any point before those hearings.

Mayberry, who earned $517,000 last year, hit .227 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 353 at-bats. He also struck out 90 times and had on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .677.

In parts of five seasons with the Phillies, the 30-year-old Mayberry has a .245 average with 46 home runs, 148 RBIs, and a .734 OPS.

Last season, Mayberry started 84 games, but he could be hard-pressed to match that total with the addition of OF Marlon Byrd.

After signing Kyle Kendrick on Thursday to a $7.65 million deal plus award bonuses, the Phillies have just two more arbitration-eligible players, centerfielder Ben Revere and lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo.

Revere made $515,000 last season. Bastardo earned $1.4 million, but that's not counting the money lost when he was suspended for 50 games because of the Biogenesis drug scandal.

The 25-year-old Revere batted .305 and had 22 stolen bases in 315 at-bats. He suffered a season-ending broken foot on July 13.

Before his suspension, Bastardo, 28, was 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA and two saves in 48 appearances. He had 47 strikeouts and 21 walks in 422/3 innings.

Manuel signing official

The Phillies also made it official by naming former manager Charlie Manuel a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Manuel, 70, will work with minor-league hitters, scout at the major- and minor- league levels, and serve as a consultant for the baseball operations staff. . . .

Righthander David Buchanan has been added to the major- league spring training camp as a nonroster invitee. The 24-year-old Buchanan was 10-13 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 starts combined for double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley.


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