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).