More news. It's coming fast and furious today.
The Phillies have traded outfield prospect Greg Golson to the Texas Rangers for outfielder John Mayberry. I haven't had a chance to touch base with GM Ruben Amaro -- as luck would have it, the move was announced after our conference call with him today -- but it appears to be a swap of projects. Mayberry is a power-hitter type, the son of former major leaguer John Mayberry Sr. He is a right-handed hitter with power, which the Phillies could use more of in case Pat Burrell departs via free agency.
The 25-year-old hit .264 with 20 home runs and 71 RBI last season at Double A Frisco and Triple A Oklahoma. A Stanford graduate, he was assigned to Triple A Lehigh Valley.
The bigger news might be the departure of Golson, whom the team drafted 21st over all in 2004. Once considered one of the organizations better prospects, he hit .282 wth 13 home runs, 60 RBI and 23 stolen bases for Double-A Reading this season. But he didn't appear to be major league ready. While he stole a base after being called up in September, he went hitless in six at-bats.