ORLANDO, Fla. — While Ruben Amaro Jr. finalized a two-year agreement with Marlon Byrd, he expressed a willingness to retain another outfielder, John Mayberry Jr.
Mayberry is eligible for arbitration this winter, and Amaro said he expects to tender him a contract prior to the Dec. 2 deadline.
"He's not a issue for me," Amaro said. "... We haven't made any final decisions. But I'd view him as a tender."
Mayberry should earn approximately $1.5 million through arbitration. That does not guarantee him a spot on next season's roster. The Phillies can re-sign Mayberry and later trade him.
His numbers dipped for a second consecutive season. He batted just .227 in 134 games with a .677 OPS and 11 home runs. Mayberry has value as a bench player who can platoon against lefties but he was miscast at times in the last two seasons as an everyday player.
At the end of the season, Amaro said he did not view Darin Ruf as an everyday outfielder. Byrd's signing allows the Phillies to make Ruf a bench player who could net plate appearances against lefties as a first baseman or outfielder. Whether there is enough room for both Mayberry and Ruf on the bench remains to be seen.