Yankees interested in John Mayberry Jr.?


The Yankees have a pretty good outfield, but with Brian Cashman saying the Yankees are almost certain to make a trade before the deadline, does that mean he has his eyes set on John Mayberry Jr.?

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Yankees and the Red Sox are both interested in the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder. The Yankees are so interested, they had a scout watching Mayberry Jr. during Wednesday’s game in Atlanta. The Phillies have said Mayberry Jr. has been available in trades for a few months but with the Phillies outfield thin, they now might be hesitant to trade him. In his last 21 games, Mayberry is 16-for-46 (.348 AVG) since taking over center field for the injured Ben Revere.

The Yankees outfield has had it’s ups and downs this season: Brett Gardner has been on a tear of late, Jacoby Ellsbury is healthy and Ichiro Suzuki is producing in his limited playing time. However, Alfonso Soriano has had an abysmal three months of the season and Carlos Beltran is strictly the designated hitter. The Yankees might be considering Mayberry Jr. to give the OF some depth, and some offense. The fact Brett Gardner is leading the outfield in home runs tells how little power there is. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if the Yankees looked into dealing for Mayberry Jr. but I’m sure there are other areas on the team that need more addressing (the starting rotation).

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12 Responses to Yankees interested in John Mayberry Jr.?

  1. This Yankees squad has no chance of making the playoffs, imo. It has a weak offense and huge holes in its rotation and even if they miraculously won a Wild Card spot, they would be embarrassed in the playoffs.

    On that note, I sincerely hope that the Yankees don't make any short-term trades (I.E. last season's Alfonso Soriano deal). Deals, if they are to be made, should be made with 2015 or even 2016 in mind. Let's not pretend that 1 or 2 trades plus CC Sabathia's return are going to turn this team into a contender. The Yankees farm system isn't very good right now and it will be devastating if it is raided in some weak attempt at saving face this season.

    • John says:

      I don't think a team that currently qualifies for the wild card and is only 2 1/2 games behind the floundering first place team should be in rebuild mode. Mayberry would be an ideal addition for this year and a cheap option for the next few years.

      • You are certainly right about the fact that a lot of other teams have their issues and the Yankees could have a shot at taking advantage of that. I think they might have to be more dynamic trades, really team altering deals to make a big difference. This team is winning a lot of close games because of a strong backend of the bullpen, but they're not hitting and their starting pitching is a mess. Tanaka is amazing and the Yankees would have an fabulous chance of winning a 1-game series. They're a long shot away from winning three 7-game series, imo.

        • Dayners81 says:

          Hey Rob i agree with u that if there going to make any big trades they need to be for a serious game changer not a patch up type trade. Did u happenn to read the Espn article Jim Bowden wrote about the possibility of the Yanks trading for Price? He suggested Sanchez, Obrien, Servino and another B llevel type prospect would have a legit chance of getting the deal done. He also suggested that the Rays #1 player on their wishlist would be Betances. I think its unlikely the Rays trade price within the division but if they did would u make that deal? If the Yanks actually has the chance to make that deal, Price is exactly the kind of player that could be a game changer for us not only this yr but next yr as well. I would definitely make that deal, a rotation of Tanaka, Price, Pineda, CC and next yr Nova/ Banuelous would give us one hell of a rotation and could be very dominate for yrs to come if they could resign Price before the end of next yr. CC would be the only guy over 30. I would draw the line that included Betances plus those other 3 guys. Just curious to know what your thoughts are on the possibility of that deal

          • Tanaka and Price would be an amazing start to a rotation, but CC is done, Pineda's shoulder will probably never be 100% and Banuelos is a shell of his former self after multiple elbow surgeries and even more setbacks. Nova, as always, is a wild card.

            This is exactly my point. The Yankees are not close to 1 or 2 players making a difference. They would need multiple big, and unrealistic, trades.

            By the way, Prince Fielder's numbers have dropped each of the last 2 years and he's got close to $168 million left on his deal. They are better off sticking with the injury-prone Teixeira than trading prospects for Fielder.

  2. True yank says:

    Dude ur nuts if yanks won wildcard and had a one game first
    Round against the other wild card winner they would pitch tanaka and beat anybody in the league

  3. tom says:

    Mayberry wont be a FA until 2017 so Phillies wont trade him for a cheap alternative. Zero shot.

  4. Robert Rufa says:

    As far as I'm concerned, the only OF who's expendable at this point is Soriano.

  5. Sam says:

    I sag trade cervelli or romine and ichiro for Mayberry jr and another player. But I think Kelly Johnson and romine would be most realistic and would allow us to be good.

  6. Angel torres says:

    They can add mayberry, they can add stanton they can add puig, they can add rollins , they can add all of that and it wont make a lick of difference!!! Until the pitching is fixed, Jesus Christ Son of God coudnt help this team!!! What good does it do anyone if you can only win when Tanaka pitches? Kuroda is a mess and the same goes for Nuno. Phelps is inconsistent and 3-0 is good for Whitley but still too soon. We win 2 but then lose 3 and its our bad pitching that cant stop other teams. We need pitching and the rest will fall into place. Its like the NFL, what good is a high powered offense if when right after a score, the other team scores right away because ur defense sucks!! Get pitching get pitching!!! We screwed up last year in Marianos last year, lets not do that again to Jeter, we must make playoffs and at least attempt to go out with a bang

  7. Gar Meraz says:

    I heard Jesus has a hell of a splitter! or was it a knuckleball?

  8. Matt says:

    I know this won't happen because the Yankees can't/don't give young guys a chance, but Jose Pirela can play the outfield and is having a good year in triple-A. Another plus is he would level out the team being a pure righty bat. Of the 13 position players on the Yankees, only 4 of them are pure righty hitters and two of them (Soriano and Ryan) don't hit.

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