Golson is Gone

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The Phillies traded outfielder Greg Golson to the Texas Rangers for outfielder John Mayberry.

Relax, Mayberry is not the team's solution for left field.

Mayberry, 24, split 2008 between double-A Frisco and triple-A Oklahoma. He hit a combined .264 with 38 doubles, 20 home runs, 71 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 135 games. He began the season with Frisco before being promoted to Oklahoma in late April. Mayberry, who hits righthanded, hit three homers in the postseason for Oklahoma. He also hit .351 with nine homers and 23 RBI against left-handed pitching during the regular season.

Mayberry was Texas' first-round pick in 2005.

Golson, 23, was the Phillies’ first round selection in 2004. He played for double-A Reading in 2008 and hit .282 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Golson was hitless in six September at-bats with the Phillies. He made his first major league start (center field) on September 28 against the Washington Nationals, the Phillies’ final regular-season game.

Mayberry was assigned to triple-A Lehigh Valley and had his contract purchased by the Phillies, adding him to the 40-man roster.

Why trade Golson? Why Mayberry? The Phillies no longer projected Golson to be an everyday outfielder and I think they felt he was expendable. Mayberry gives the organization something they currently don't have, a corner outfielder with some power.