Mets sign John Mayberry Jr.

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Mets haven't had pop like Mayberry's on their bench since Scott Hairston departed as a free agent after the 2012 season

The Mets haven’t had pop like Mayberry’s on their bench since Scott Hairston departed as a free agent after the 2012 season

The Mets have signed right-handed hitter John Mayberry Jr. to a one year deal worth $1.45 million.

Mayberry, 30, is coming off a miserable 2014 with the Phillies and Blue Jays. Between both clubs the outfielder hit .212/.310/.425 in 78 games. (168 plate appearances)

Mayberry Jr. came up as a top prospect with the Rangers as the 19th overall pick of the 2005 draft but has not had the career that Texas or even the Phillies envisioned for him.

The outfielder played for the Phillies in the N.L. East from 2009 until August 31st, 2014 when he was traded to Toronto. Mayberry was non-tendered by the Blue Jays last week.

Mayberry can be a good weapon for Terry Collins if used properly. Mayberry should ONLY be used against left-handed pitching. In 534 career plate appearances vs. lefties, Mayberry is a career .269 hitter with 30 homers. That is compared to a .224/.293/.365 slash line in 866 plate appearances vs. right-handers.

Mayberry is a career .304 hitter with seven homers in 121 PA as a pinch hitter.

The move allows the Mets to move Michael Cuddyer to first base and play Mayberry in the outfield when the opposition starts a left-handed starter. The Mets have said publicly that they plan on playing Lucas Duda everyday, even against left-handers. It will be interesting to see if their tune changes now that the lefty crushing Mayberry will wear the blue and orange.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Read elsewhere today that Mayberry hits lefties at a 304 clip. So, apparently his 269 average means that he hits righties at less than 269. If these numbers are accurate then that’s OK because the Mets need him to compliment either Nieuwenhuis or den Dekker, which ever one makes the team, who are supposed to hit righties off the bench. At 1.5 million instead of the 2 million Mayberry would have earned if the Jays had tendered him, to me, makes this a good signing for the Mets. The most pressing need remains, in my opinion, for a second lefty BP specialist to compliment Edgin. In the meantime, if they don’t sign or trade for a SS then I am more than OK with Flores as the Mets’ opening day SS.Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike Nieuwenhuis is nearly a lock to make the team since he is out of options. If he doesn’t make the 25 man roster for opening day then he will be put on waivers and the Mets will likely lose him tto another team.

      Now they will turn their attention to finding another lefty most likely on a minor league deal. Thanks for the comment!

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