With Jayson Werth poised to head to free agency, Philadelphia is growing concerned about its stable of right-handed bats, especially in the outfield as rookie Domonic Brown is poised to replace Werth.
The problem? Brown is a lefty joining an already lefty-heavy lineup. With an aging Raul Ibanez in left, the Phillies will need to have two strong right-handed bats coming off the bench. There's Ben Francisco already in the fold, but past that, Philadelphia may need to dip into free agency.
Or the solution might just be in Triple-A.
John Mayberry, acquired from Texas prior to the 2009 season as a down-and-out former first-round pick, has finished strong and may be ready for a full time major-league job at age 27. He received 13 major-league plate appearances in 2010 while cranking 15 home runs for Triple-A and a .267/.328/.412 line in 547 PA.
Assistant GM Chuck LaMar says Mayberry has arrived at the point where it is time for him to compete for a major-league job, says the Philadelphia Inquirer .
"His pedigree and his physical ability go without saying," LaMar said of theson of the former Royals great that finished second in MVP voting back in 1975. "It's time for him to get the job done. I think this will be a huge spring training for John Mayberry. I think he'll either establish himself as some type of major-leaguer or not."
Mayberry will never reach the heights that his father achieved, and Philadelphia is still highly likely to import another right-handed bench bat to pair with Francisco, but Mayberry has a chance to open some eyes in spring training.
-- Evan Brunell
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